Category: Racism

Are my possessions holding me hostage to the past?

Are my possessions holding me hostage to the past?
Why is it so hard to let go of stuff from times long gone? I haven’t zig-zagged down a Black Diamond in decades but there are three pairs of skis in the storage bin.  Why, I ask myself?  The motto back in my Aspen days was “More hair, more air” but I’ve been bald since... Read more »

www.UsToo2020.org

www.UsToo2020.org
I’ve invested 99-cents buying this web site, www.UsToo2020.com (plus another $12 for the dot.org and dot.us. suffixes as well).  I think they can be worth about 60,000,000 votes for the Democratic candidate in 2020. Every political analyst talks endlessly about the Democratic party’s desperate need to connect with the vast number of “average Joe’s and... Read more »

Joe Biden believes he is telling the truth. But Joe, you’re not there yet

Joe Biden believes he is telling the truth.  But Joe, you’re not there yet
Last week I wrote that men were overdue in recognizing that the Me Tarzan, you Jane attitudes we grew up with, were dramatically changing. Talk about a timely post! This week the news is all about Joe Biden rubbing noses with a Congressional aide, kissing a senator’s wife on the lips, and answering accusations from... Read more »
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When old dogs learn new tricks

When old dogs learn new tricks
We’ve become accustomed to the ‘kind of amusing but not really funny’ jokes about being old: my back goes out more than I do… I took up jogging so I could hear heavy breathing again… I’m so old I remember when emojis were called hieroglyphics. Bada boom. Thankfully, notions of aging as defined by some... Read more »

A morning of evil and moral decline followed by an afternoon of inspiration and glorious beauty

A morning of evil and moral decline  followed by an afternoon of inspiration and glorious beauty
By the time I finished reading the Sunday NY Times I had a knot in my stomach and a spitball of anger waiting to launch. The volume of villainous, merciless cruelty being unleashed throughout the world overflowed the front pages and confronted readers with unimaginable suffering and spilled blood in every corner of the battered... Read more »

Make America Mexico again

Make America Mexico again
I’m in the Autobus on the way from Ixtapa to Zihuatanejo. The fare has gone up to 12 pesos (60-cents), quite a hike since my first jitney-bus ride four decades ago when the fare was 5 pesos, accepted with a hearty gracias amigo. The van itself looks the same, dented and in need of a... Read more »
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The beginning of the journey

The beginning of the journey
Three years have passed since my first post introducing “Cheating Death: How I added years of joy and meaning to my life” to the ChicagoNow blogosphere. Many of my recent posts have reflected on current events, strayed from personal insights to politics and the social movements that are riling America: racism, the Me Too movement... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK Step 4: – No buts about it

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK  Step 4: – No buts about it
My promise to the baby with the 2019 sash is to stay young at heart, regardless of the hundred and one daily reminders that I was born when the Dead Sea was still alive. It’s not easy to swim in the mainstream but if you’re finishing dinner before most people leave the office, you’re resigning... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. Step 3 – Crash your Maserati into the Jones’ Jaguar

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  Step 3 – Crash your Maserati into the Jones’ Jaguar
I’m not suggesting that money is the root of all evil, although there’s a compelling case for the proposition. Having the wherewithal to live without the fear of residing in the backseat of a ’96 Pontiac is essential to one’s well-being. And surely, having some reserve past the worrisome stress of living pay check to... Read more »
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HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. STEP 1: BRAINWASHING

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  STEP 1: BRAINWASHING
Before you get carried away with scenes out of the Manchurian Candidate or imagine I’m recruiting you into a secret cult by zapping your mind with subliminal images secretly inserted within this post, slow down, this is not about me changing your way of thinking against your will. It’s about reviewing the attitudes and beliefs... Read more »