It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Back in 2002, when Congress was debating giving George W. Bush expansive authorization to go to war in Iraq, one of the main concerns of skeptics was that the authorization could be used by the White House to engage in acts of war in the future that had only a tangential relation to the supposed [...]
Yesterday, as many members of Congress urged the Obama White House to bring the American military back into Iraq to get the USA involved in the Iraqi civil war, one member of the U.S. House of Representatives urged restraint, saying, “Today, we are less than 4 percent of the world’s population, and we have a [...]
I was struck when I passed by a new stand this morning and saw what was on the front cover of the Detroit Free Press. The headline read: Heartbroken U.S. Vets Watch In Dismay As Sacrifices In Iraq Unravel.
The implication was clear: American soldier The Iraq War in order to provide the [...]
I don’t like guns. I think they’re tacky, and loud, and crude. People who are fascinated with guns, and who think that they really NEED a gun, are not people I would trust to watch over my children.
That said, I also don’t like gun violence hyperbole. There have been a few well-publicized murders committed [...]
I was upset when I saw this afternoon that my children had taken a favorite book about 20 allergy from my own childhood and takend it into the woods, where it was forgotten, left to molder.
But then, as I stooped to see a slug crawling across a page about the difference between [...]
This morning, my dogs discovered Win-Win Games For All Ages, and they tore right through it. They were voracious readers. It was full of ideas they could bite into. They really ate it up. They licked each sentence…
… okay, I think I’m out of metaphors now.
Secretary of State John Kerry calls Edward Snowden a “coward” for individually facing down the U.S. government in order to expose the unconstitutional regime of Big Brother spying against Americans set up under George W. Bush.
A coward? That’s not how they see things at Gimme Coffee, a small chain of cafes that has [...]
Less photogenic, but even more exciting, is the discovery this morning that the loco weed I had planted last autumn into my herb bed has successfully created a new generation of seedlings, as I hoped it would.
What’s happening in your garden?
…. afternoon note: Now, the peony has fully opened.
What is it?
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