Black Monday is what they’re calling the tenth day of the Trump Presidency--the day President Trump fired Sally Yates, the sitting Attorney General of the United States. That Yates had been fired, however, shouldn’t have been surprising—least of all to Yates, who probably assumed its inevitability.Read More
When my writing stays closer to the bone, a metaphor is never far. The last chapter contained a series of them: light and disgusting lampshades, initiatory fires and blessings in disguise. They came out of my own life. But sometimes these very metaphors can arise in the soul life of a culture. In fact, each of the above seem to be arising now.Read More
Dear Reader, a former, rather brilliant teacher of mine once said that we humans possess a marvelous light—that is often covered by a disgusting lampshade. But my teacher’s brilliance didn’t save her from the less savory elements of her own lampshade. And brilliance alone won’t save any of us—as other teachers have told me--and on more than one occasion. We’re still going to have to deal with that lampshade.Read More
In the mythic world of Superman comic books, there was our planet--and then in a parallel universe, there was a parallel planet to ours called “Bizarro.” Bizzaro was a carbon copy of Earth--only illustrated in a darker, more fragmented style. And just as Earth had its Superman, so too did Bizarro...Read More
In the first days of Donald Trump’s presidency, significant moments occurred that could prove to be paradigmatic for the DURATION of his presidency. The first involved a meeting between Trump’s presidential press secretary Sean Spicer and the Washington press corps.Read More
The Buddhist monk's broad-brimmed hat protects his shaved head from the sun; and pulled down over his face, may ease something in the transaction when he goes to seek alms, or a donation of food.