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Jan.17.2014
When discussing the tenets of Buddhism with a close friend, we talked about the world of illusions and the meaning of “enlightenment” and “awakening” and “mindfulness” and then I remembered this poem by Kabir and thought I should pass it on.   Ecstatic Poem #38 (Kabir) Translation by Robert...
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Nov.13.2013
I am a 72-year old, retired teacher and entrepreneur (founder of three successful computer companies); lifelong novelist and poet; and also a listener of Bill Moyers. I enjoyed the conversation with Heidi Boghosian and offer the following thoughts as a response. “Having tried and failed to suspend...
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Oct.28.2013
At a recent book launch/reading in Yreka, CA for the new release of the Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times from Hip Pocket Press, the question about the Beat poets was asked, to which I gave a weak answer. I would like to readdress that question. The question was, "How did the...
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Sep.09.2013
Reading Eric Hoffer's philosophy about Asia in the 1950s may cause us to rethink Syria: "According to Hoffer...communism in Asia was dwarfed by the desire for pride. To satisfy such desire, Asians would willingly and irrationally not only sacrifice their economic well-being, but their lives as well...
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Jul.11.2013
Thirty-three acclaimed writers share their memories about one of the most successful  poetry cooperatives in United States history. Sometimes humorous, occasionally bittersweet, and always insightful, this collection of essays and memoirs recounts the tumultuous times in Berkeley when...
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Jul.11.2013
           A Crosswalk Encounter           with Betsy in Berkeley              As I crossed Solano Avenue, on my way for coffee, she stood on the sidewalk, a clear-eyed smile crinkling her older...
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Jun.26.2013
The Dead   Dispossessed they no longer need to defend themselves. The bodies they owned are gone. But remnants leak, linguistic particulars reappear, and voice, gesture take hold. The dead are memes inside us, pollen spreading before the wind passing their invisible seed.
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Jun.03.2013
On the Nature of Things                  In the foothills outside Denver, many of the townspeople agree,                the mountain lions have gone mad...
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Apr.04.2013
  Located    In the spring of 2013 old, maybe past caring about vacations or arrangements of furniture   I look out my window turning upon the stair the winding stair   and the poet whispers sorrow’s springs are the same   but in my back yard I see a wild wind poppy....
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Nov.10.2011
  Cri de Coeur, September 2011                                     (for the 99%)   It’s 4:00 a.m. and I’m waking,...
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Dec.09.2010
February 23, 2007      Starts with a cold; doc notices elevated white blood cell count, swollen lymph nodes.  Then biopsy confirms diagnosis: chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Doc says the cancer is indolent.  Recommends watchful waiting.            A New Kind of Weather   And so it comes to this:...
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Dec.29.2008
The Military Commissions Act Should Be Repealed   Having tried and failed to suspend habeas corpus for two American citizens, Jose Padilla and Esam Hamdi (Hamdi v. Rumsfield), the Congress passed, and George W. Bush, on Oct. 17, 2006, signed HR-6166, a bill, the Military Commissions Act, that...
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