Random Thoughts for Another Midsummer Night’s Eve

But two days left to spring and then the longest day of the year on Sat., the 20th. Only why do they call it "Midsummer" (as in "Night's Eve") if it's the first day of summer? I've always wanted to ask a learn'd astronomer that, but they all went into hiding after the Walt Whitman …

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Just Another Random Thoughts Saturday

What? Time for another "Random Thoughts" post? I thought so. Just finished James Shapiro's Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future. The answer to that title? A lot. Starting with race, moving on to gender, class warfare, immigration, marriage, same-sex marriage, adultery, and left vs. right. I …

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Everything’s Gone Viral (And Other Sad Thoughts)

It's been a while since I did a "Random Thoughts" post. On this gloomy, rainy, viral Friday, maybe it's time to open the stream of consciousness anew... Looking at rain drops wobbling down the window glass always reminds me of Dr. Seuss's book The Cat in the Hat, which I read frequently as a kid. …

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What Are Poets Writing About?

OK, I get it. Asking what today's poets are writing about is a stupid question. They are writing about whatever they want to write about. Even amending the question helps but little: What are poets who are getting published writing about? There is no way one can gain accuracy via a random sample. They're all …

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Is That All There Is?

Being a successful writer may not be the Shangri-La would-be writers think it is. In his fast-paced, anecdotal writer advice book, Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different, Chuck Palahniuk warns that true success depends on putting a new book out every year. Feed your demanding readers, in other words---or …

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Stream-of-Thanksgivingness Reprise

Here's a reprise of the oft-mentioned and frequently reread 2017 Thanksgiving column with a few additions and minor changes to suit the dying days of 2019. What's amazing is how many changes were NOT needed. That is, it's reassuring to know how strong our thankfulness remains in these consistently challenging times. Some random thoughts, then, …

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Random Thoughts for March (i.e. Madness!)

Every once in a while, I write a Random Thoughts post (copyright, patent pending). As advertised, it is random. The equivalent of blathering, often with the intent of being humorous. Think funny raft floating on a stream of serious, then don't take it too seriously. Streams of Consciousness are on the protected conservation lands list, …

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Random Thoughts, December Edition

With the Winter Solstice now securely in the rearview mirror, people can take good cheer: The days are getting longer! (Not that anyone notices at this hectic time of year.) Here in New England, the Solstice was celebrated with sheets of rain and pillowcases of wind, temps in the 60s Fahrenheit. All fore of our …

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