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2009, finally!

January 1, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
2009, finally!

I haven’t posted here in a loooong time.  So sorry – but have been in the midst of life and starting a blog of my own, which covers more parenting stuff, just life stuff, than anything.  I have committed to a group of friends to write a post a day for all of 2009, and […]

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Koan

December 27, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
Koan

A note I jotted to myself sometime in the past.  I don’t recall the circumstances, but the question posed feels universal. The spiritualists cringe and argue against any description of self-conscious life as mechanism, that any mere machine is necessarily only an accumulation of parts and processes that can never rise above its own origins.  […]

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What is a human “body”?

December 23, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
What is a human “body”?

In his 2008 book, The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding, philosopher Mark Johnson makes a strong argument that “meaning is grounded in the body” (p. 274). That assertion, however, invites the question: “What is a human “body”? Johnson implores us to not slip into mind/body dualism. He also warns us not to […]

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He’s/She’s doing “computer work.”

December 18, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More
He’s/She’s doing “computer work.”

Isn’t it time that we do away with the sentence, “He/She is doing computer work?”  It made sense 20 years ago, when everyone was spending inordinate amounts of time trying to get their computers to work at all.  But now we use our computers to actually accomplish an amazing variety of specific tasks, such as: […]

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Labels, Living, Categories, Culture

December 4, 2008 | By | Reply More
Labels, Living, Categories, Culture

Here is a link to an excellent essay by two of my best friends.  It talks about how labeling plays out in both art and real life and how labels are both irrelevant and destructive. I attended that workshop they refer to, Clarion, and that’s where I met them.  That was in 1988.  It was […]

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The Morning After An Eight Year One Night Stand

November 5, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
The Morning After An Eight Year One Night Stand

In the dim light of the bar, it seemed like such a good idea.  Things had been dull, though financially there’d been some improvement.  Time to relax, maybe have a fling.  The stranger sauntered over, holding a longneck, and leaned against the counter, smiled, and said “Hi.  Come here often?” “Used to.  Looks a little […]

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“Synchronized Presidental Debating” highlights the lack of meaningful dialogue.

October 30, 2008 | By | Reply More
“Synchronized Presidental Debating” highlights the lack of meaningful dialogue.

In this video from 23/6, we can exactly how little valuable dialogue arose from the three presidential debates: Funny thing: I don’t exactly blame the candidates for becoming sad little broken records in this reductio ad absurdum. I blame the media for asking the same questions over and over in different words, and for shying […]

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Canvassers

October 30, 2008 | By | 28 Replies More
Canvassers

Yesterday I needed to get out the door earlier than usual to get to work.  We have a big order due next Monday and a couple extra hours a day will see it done with time to spare.  But I do need that extra time and I don’t really want to work till seven or […]

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The Naming of Things

October 28, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
The Naming of Things

I’d like to do a bit here on language.  Primarily on how we have seen it distorted over the last few decades.  According to George Lakoff and Geoff Nunberg, the Right has seized the rhetorical high-ground and driven Liberals into defensive postures by altering or subverting the meanings of certain words and phrases.  I tend […]

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