5,000 Years of Word-Making and Word-Makers

February 23, 2021

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The oldest rock art is believed to be about 44,000 years old. The oldest written words are about 5500 years old. This means that, for about 38,500 years, people could just happily just look at pictures. This didn’t demand much from them, aside from occasional arguments about whether the animal represented looked more like a […]

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Passports, Unicorns, and Rainbows

January 25, 2021

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COVID has, like it has with most others, put a crimp in my style. I spent part of yesterday dusting the line of shoes that sit on a top shelf in my closet, knowing that as soon as I finished, the dust would start collecting again. I’m pretty good about tossing clothes I don’t love […]

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Fear vs Something Else

January 21, 2021

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Like many of you, I’m experiencing a (possibly unwarranted) sense of optimism over the arrival of the new administration. If the US were a restaurant, and President Biden (Oh to hear myself say those words) were a chef and we were the restaurant patrons, he has just been handed the ingredients which which to make […]

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Everybody Poops. Except.

January 15, 2021

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The most significant factor in all of human history has been the humble poop. When prehistoric man went into the woods to shit, he was unaware that the tiny seeds contained in his feces would become the catalyst for the growth of plants. Over time, the seeds sprouted and began to grow. Then, one day […]

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The Truth of “Trial by Combat”

January 7, 2021

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It’s impossible for me, as it is for many others, to grasp events that are far larger than myself. War, famine, pandemic all reach proportions that are beyond my comprehension. My capacity to grasp all of this emotionally has a limit, and these events often exceed that. Then, I will see a photo of one […]

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Caste

January 4, 2021

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I’m reading Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste. It is less a book than an experience. It is like having been seated in a room in which my chair has been in the same place, facing the same way. I have gotten to know the room intimately from my optimal vantage point. I have come to conclusions […]

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2021

December 18, 2020

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I used to lead a workshop to enable women to discover and to declare their visions for their lives. It was created for women over age 50. It’s not easy for anyone, much less for older people and even less for women, to get past the layers we have created to protect us and to […]

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Upending the Hunter/Gatherer Myth

December 16, 2020

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Humans have, throughout the millennia, attempted to make sense of their world. But, being humans, they invariably ended up screwing things up. Worse, it has allowed later humans to come to conclusions that stemmed from their own base interests or flawed perceptions of the world. The result is that a lot of conclusions haven’t aligned […]

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What Women Want. or Not.

December 7, 2020

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Visualize this: A band of young people (young, because their life span is less than 30 years), slogging along over some unnamed terrain that would one day boast mile after mile of Targets, Home Depots, Wal Marts, and unlimited fast food and pizza restaurants. Now there is only endless nothing. One female is getting testy. […]

A “Thank You” Aimed at the Sky

November 15, 2020

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Like any number of card-carrying American hominids, Life in the Boomer Lane has been emotionally impacted by the double whammy of the Trump-Covid Convergence Phenomenon. The fact that two life-altering forces could occur at the same time seemed inexplicable. This would be akin to having a severe case of intestinal distress, while lying in bed […]

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