Archive for December 2017

Until You Understand This, You're Stuck Before You Start

‎ How many times do we grouse, “You don’t understand what I meant”….the transfer-of-meaning is the bottom line for everything we write or speak….but there’s a problem right from the get-go….altho there are about 600,000 words in the English language,we use only about 2000 in daily use….and of the 500 most frequently used there are... Read more »

Lights! Camera! But Please No Action....

  Progress is a wonderful thing. And yet like everything else, it doesn’t walk a straight line. On its way from A to Z there are a great many letters you didn’t expect to find in the alphabet of time. Take photography. It was developed in the 19th C…progressed to moving pictures in the 20th…but... Read more »

Everybody Prays At Least Once In Their Life

….they pray for a miracle. All right, I perfectly understand how the idea is trampled by our neurological attack-dogs and triumphed by our true-believers. However, I propose we leave behind the battle-over-evidence inasmuch as the evidence on each side is equally irrefutable. One is using science, the other faith; the evidentiary twain rarely if ever... Read more »

Not Much In Life Is Sure ~ This Is

When Christmas fades into New Year’s Day, this is what Chicago will look like about 6AM…. ready to start on a new gift package of 365 day called Hope 1 Share

Resenting What Happens To Our Friend Ebeneezer Every Christmas

To resent Christmas sounds unseemly and untimely. And yet some of us do every year. It has to do with how a year of sweaty thinking and reasoning gets blotted up so quickly in December’s annual sop of feeling and intuiting. For eleven serious months, there are all those  New York Times editorials, CNN reportage, academic... Read more »

When Is A Corrupt Cop Better Than A Constitutional Lawyer..??

The answer to this question should be easy, but it’s not. That’s because you can probably mount an equally good argument for each. Except, that is, in the middle of a gang infested neighborhood late at night in one of Chicago’s ghettos. You know, the ones the French Government recently advised its citizens traveling to... Read more »

Citizens ~ Give Me Your Old Civics Books

It’s an annual ritual every yearend. Hoist the winners; set aside the losers. Donald Trump, #Me Too, and Tribalism are among the winners. The saddest loser may be our Democracy. Those old Civics Textbooks have been out of date for some time, but this year made it official. Remember their guiding principles? One person one... Read more »

The Scatological Reason We Will Let Him Win Again

  It’s been a raucous year in which Trump lovers and haters alike have bellowed their pet theories. I’m a hater and here’s mine. Even if we can’t admit it, there’s just enough Trumpian alienation hiding inside our post-Eden nature to almost guarantee him another victory. This alienation is not unique to, simply perfected by, our President.... Read more »

Oh Dear God ~ How Can Something Hurt So Good?

So you’re just sitting there….nursing your coffee….when someone at the next table turns on “that song”….ya know, the one the two of you first heard in the car coming home that night….it burned a hole in your heart, and the strains still stir the burn …especially that line “I’m just glad to be sad thinking... Read more »

Radio ~ The Only Way To Really See A Story

If you weren’t there, you’ll never know what total, wraparound entertainment really means….because your radio & your mind could sweep you into the most unbelievable and unfilmable adventures in all the world…Radio 1925-65 RIP