Category Archives: Commentary

Opinion or analysis concerning whatever’s on my mind.

Rare and Pastel

A friend likes birds and will see this. I like them too. This amazing bird will brighten the day of all of us who like birds. It impresses me how its young simply “rocket away” from the nest when ready … Continue reading

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Stop Shooting for a Moment?

It’s a stretch, but the evolving Covid-19 moment seems a good time to pause injury and death from shooting where possible. In Mexico it would abet the diverting of already shaky personnel assets from cartel warfare to virus containment, potentially … Continue reading

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From Gaudí to Hockney in My Mind

“To depict nature, we can only try. Nature doesn’t have any straight lines. It doesn’t follow the rules of perspective.” (David Hockney) (Jonathan Jones, “David Hockney urges us to escape lockdown through a pencil,” theguardian.com, 4-4-20) This comment by Hockney … Continue reading

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Food Notes 2

America’s 2.5 million farmworkers are among the groups most at risk of contracting the coronavirus. And if they are at risk, our food supply may be too. Picture yourself waking up in a decrepit, single-wide trailer packed with a dozen … Continue reading

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Food Notes 1

California produces a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts… The United States relies on foreign suppliers for almost 20 percent of its food… The United States relies on foreign suppliers for 80 percent of … Continue reading

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“Disconfirming Experiences”

Reading this article gave me a visceral boost, because it gives a name to what I happen, unforeseeably, to have with another person: deep reciprocal attunement effortfully gained. Bonnie Badenoch, quoted by David Brooks, says disconfirming experiences are experiences of … Continue reading

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You Can’t Get There from Here

“Opportunity definitely died on election night 2016 for federal court reform,” said Scott Greytak, a lawyer who worked at Free Speech for People… Now, he said, “All the energy and attention has been pushed down to the state and local … Continue reading

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