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I'm about to embark on a discussion of a theory for which I am under-qualified, at least in academic terms. I strive to develop evidence based theories and opinions whenever I can. They are not merely opinions with no basis in fact, but may not be established beyond argument. As I start this piece, I have no idea how long...

It occurs to me that I should be trying to push my books at readers. The title of this post is taken from a seminar I attended at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference years ago. The author, a woman whose name is lost to me after almost thirty years, was talking about promoting your writing. She indicated that most writers...

Is our democracy on its deathbed? What are some of the longest governments/empires in history, and what brought them down?

We, humans, are tribal by nature. The archeological evidence from graves and other sites indicates that we have been tribal for a long time. Anthropological studies show there is debate about the effects of tribalism on society. I can't imagine that I could or should argue with the anthropologists. Nonetheless, I have some thoughts on tribalism and...

We just finished watching three seasons of a Netflix show titled Manifest. It's quite a good show, and looking online, they are working on season four which may be shown in two or more parts as they are planning on 20 episodes; that seems to be a lot, but... the title Manifest took on a new meaning for me as...

We have many choices and many decisions to reach. You could have a monarchy; those were all in vogue in the 18th and 19th centuries and even before that. A monarchy, not what Britain has with a Queen who has to sit back and watch the likes of Boris Johnson turn England into a Monte Python skit, but an...


There is more talk of building the wall. Perhaps we should melt down the Statue of Liberty and use it to make a wall against the "tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
The Russian invasion of Ukraine:

What does the GOP want to undo, to change if they retake power in our government? What is their vision for America? It's easier to look at what we achieved in the 20th century, and what the conservative fought against and continue to fight against during perhaps the most extraordinary century for civil and human rights in the history of...