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Mar.04.2013
          Chis Bohjalian's recent blog on town and school boards reminded me how far we have "evolved" politically since our colonial times.  My experience at public meetings in both rural and urban jurisdictions (Minnesota) is not exactly the "pure...
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Feb.13.2013
Two transitions are underway:  the seasonal one from winter to spring is universally experienced in our temperate midwest climate, whereas my  recent change of homes is an experience unique to each person, though obviously sharing elements in common with all others who have moved. When...
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Mar.10.2012
The re-surfacing on Red Room  recently  of Kevin Arnold's perceptive 2009 blog [Fitzgeralds's Short Story, "Winter Dreams"] reminded me of the potential for  one's life experiences to be both corrupting and benefitting or enlightening.  Having come from humble midwestern origins...
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Feb.19.2012
Rather than primarily presenting my views in this blog, I am seeking them on several issues below affecting the life and work of an artist: 1.  There's a long-standing image (stereotype?) of the reclusive artist who sacrificially foregoes the usual  pleasures and activities of daily...
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Feb.02.2012
 This personal reflection/observation, like several others recently posted here,  is also quite short.  It might be reflexively/naturally  concluded that when life is going well, one would  feel most comfortable and secure, but the past and current experience at least for...
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Jan.10.2012
A recent blog explored the issue of inauthentic or feigned behavior, identifying everyday inquiries ("How are you?"--"May I help you?")  from store employees and other relative strangers  as irritating because of their almost certain insincere and/or faked nature.  When in such...
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Jan.07.2012
For this analytical, reflective piece, I am indebted to Rosy Cole's blog on compasses in life.  The traditional compass provides direction relative to earth's magnetic pole. Metaphorically, one could say when various magnets in life create inner conflicts concerning which direcction to go,...
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Dec.29.2011
Legendary television detective, fictional Joe Friday ("Dragnet") is remembered for supposedly making famous the line, "Just the facts, ma'am" but according to Wikipedia, he actually never uttered that particular statement on camera in any episode  but rather  only varieties of "...
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Dec.23.2011
It's virtually a commonplace or incontrovertible given that a certain canon of great art deserves our attention, indeed "reverence" to the exclusion of so-called lesser creations. For many of us, such examples as Michelangelo's "David" and Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" would be at...
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Dec.20.2011
Several recent blogs about Leonardo Da Vinci's MONA   LISA  have re-opened the timeless issue of which aspects of "being" objectively reside in a work of art and which ones are brought/ascribed to it by the subjective perceiver. One can bring, for example, all sorts of historically...
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Dec.12.2011
If you've been preoccupied with preparing for the holidays or trying to make sense of the latest political and economic crises, perhaps you missed this really BIG news from outer space.  Go ahead, read further and escape in a distraction. You deserve a break. Since my earliest awareness...
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Dec.12.2011
If you've been preoccupied with preparing for the holidays or trying to make sense of the latest political and economic crises, perhaps you missed this really BIG news from outer space.  Go ahead, read further and escape in a distraction. You deserve a break. Since my earliest awareness...
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Dec.09.2011
I especially remember the September day at age four when my dad brought home a puppy for me. With an overall black coat decorated with a white throat patch and sienna brown underbelly, my new companion was a mixture of terrier and dachshund breeds. The way it jumped friskily about on its short legs...
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Nov.26.2011
[This blog was inspired by and draws upon ideas in a PBS interview of Dr. Charles Muses (author of DESTINY AND CONTROL), by Jeffrey Mishlove, part of a series "Conversations on the Leading Edge of Knowledge and Discovery." My appreciation to Red Room author Dr. Harrison Solow for referring me to...
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Nov.25.2011
Several recent blogs on aging have focused on, as one would anticipate, how one's overall outlook on life and view of self change over time. As one over 70, the biggest change I've noticed, other than the obvious and inevitable physical ones, is a willingness to to be more open to and accepting...
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