9-11 Elegy
Sep11

9-11 Elegy

Just this: may all souls be comforted in ways that matter to each soul. May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times. May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at. May we be sad with those who are sad. May we be glad with those who find a bit of gladness. May we not relive, but remember the goodness of the good souls. And especially may we be healed by invisible hands and by visible hearts more and more as time goes...

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Their Name is ISIL, Not ISIS
Sep03

Their Name is ISIL, Not ISIS

Their name is ISIL– pronounced as in– Is-ill. ISIS is an ancient Egyptian godddess-healer who ironically [in the face of ISIL's braggert beheading of now hundreds of innocents for show] seeks out the dismembered parts of her brother who was taken down by his own evil brother– and Isis, through love, brings her dismembered brother back to wholeness again. So, yes, the group is ISIL. And no, ISIL is no Isis. Not even...

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Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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Robin Williams is Gone, Ay! Long Live the Fisher King
Aug11

Robin Williams is Gone, Ay! Long Live the Fisher King

Robin Williams, was not only a consummate actor and tour de force comedian. He appeared to also be a lovable Puer Aeternus, an eternal boy; and also a Pater Familias, a father not only to his own but to many many young persons pursuing comedy careers. He was also a Lover — of life, so so deeply and so sensitively. His role in Fisher King* was hardly an act, regarding his character’s so easily written upon self, his...

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Tiny Head’s Up from TMV
Aug07

Tiny Head’s Up from TMV

Hi there, Dr. E here… I wrote Tyrone, our great IT guy, several days ago asking that edit function be added for our commenters since our recent site redesign. As of yesterday, our commenters have this function available to them to edit their own comments. Just so you know. There you go. Thanks Tyrone! As always, you’re the best of the IT wizard...

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Surviving With Perspective
Jul26

Surviving With Perspective

Perspective One of my favorite stories my dad told, he who could not read or write and was filled with hundreds of old tales: Once upon a time, an old watchmaker, the wise man of the village, drew a line in the dirt outside his cottage, and asked the children all around to make that line in the dirt shorter – but without erasing any part of it or covering over any part of the line. All the little ones stood around thinking and...

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Westboro Hate Group Targets Maya Angelou’s Funeral; Followers Deface Her Photos
Jun01

Westboro Hate Group Targets Maya Angelou’s Funeral; Followers Deface Her Photos

Westboro — the Fred Phelps’ small family group– is listed as a hate group with Southern Poverty Law Center, a premiere organization in the USA which keeps track of hate groups, such as the Klan and others which espouse hatred of others by simple virtue of another person’s race, nationality, gender, disability, ethnicity, and all other ways of being a human that are protected under the federal Civil Rights Act...

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MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED
May28

MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED

Dr. Maya Angelou of the beautiful name and the radiant spirit has passed. I hope for all who love her, and who admired her many works in civil rights, in autobiographies, in speaking out boldly, that we can be today and always in happiness for her life on earth– for certain she is One of a Kind. Iconic woman, hard scrabble beginnings, raped as a child, mute from the post trauma of that assault, coming back to life, training in...

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9-11 The Many Ways of Grief, Years After/ The Gift Shop
May19

9-11 The Many Ways of Grief, Years After/ The Gift Shop

There are many family responses to the murders of their loved ones by fire, by falling from great heights, by being blown to pieces. We might call it 9-11 and grieve for both the living and the dead. But/and, they see it as a slaughter of persons they beheld as up-close and personally beloved– with a river of memories of the loved one still roaring in full energy, or quietly streaming by now. Not absent. Present in more ways...

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South Korea: Tragic Loss of So Many of Our Young
Apr21

South Korea: Tragic Loss of So Many of Our Young

Two days ago, Danwon high school students and families held a candlelight vigil for safe return of over 150 teenaged passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol in Ansan, South Korea. It appears about 45 souls were found alive and rescued. The rest of the young souls, in part because of choppy seas and strong currents, appear to be still in the waters. Hearing the fathers of the teenaged children crying out, shouting in grief, begging the...

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the DOORWAY: Passover,  Easter, Return of the Light
Apr20

the DOORWAY: Passover, Easter, Return of the Light

May this day and every day be blessed by seeing that so much returns to the Light, the warmth, the gentle rain… when one realizes we are all called to New Life in so many ways. There is the Door suddenly revealed… we can, as we choose open… again… Long ago after a decade’s long drought in the upper north, the old trees not having leafed out for years and years… thence came a rain, a blessed rain in spring and the trees led...

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Absurd Army Rule on African American HAIR
Apr18

Absurd Army Rule on African American HAIR

I convinced her to go to the ER at our small town hospital, for her scalp was literally splitting apart and bleeding bright red, running down her brown temples and forehead and neck onto her lawn collared dress. The people at the hospital ER [not black] were kindly and horrified. What happened to you?? they asked as they cleaned and patted and washed and placed strong ointment on the long open scars of her scalp. Mattie, called...

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The Csendes Ember: The Man of Silence
Mar27

The Csendes Ember: The Man of Silence

By request for the Souls, from the Souls. THE CSENDES EMBER We were climbing up past Maroon Bells It was getting to be a straight up climb. Needing breath, we stopped talking… Ran out of words even more than running out of breath. Something about being in the Csendes emberof Nature Makes small talk stupider than usual… Csendes ember, amongst my Magyar tribal people means, Man of Silence, the name for any mountain anywhere, human...

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MH 370: We May Not Know Why/Where, But We Know True Self
Mar25

MH 370: We May Not Know Why/Where, But We Know True Self

On The Wings of Cranes If this is what is, if this is what it comes to if any living soul can recover any identifiable piece of anything belonging to the silver bird or to the souls aboard, a seat cushion, an ear bud, a wallet, a cell phone, a pacifier, a hearing aide, a cane, a bra, a baseball cap– that —that kind of ‘I know that item belonged to my loved one’ –that would be the worst-best that could...

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PUTIN SEIZES Crimea, Creates Potential Armed War to Crush Ukraine
Mar01

PUTIN SEIZES Crimea, Creates Potential Armed War to Crush Ukraine

Russian Parliament, as everyone knew they would, gave the aging and sentimental Putin the celebratory OK TO USE MILITARY FORCE IN UKRAINE. It is said, the Russian soldiers have been moved into the streets of Crimea by Putin’s personal orders. That they are there right now ‘securing’ ‘things.’ See here at WaPo. Expect bloodshed– and thereby blood all over Putin’s hands that he will blame on...

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UKRAINE President Yanukovych Said to Have Fled Kiev
Feb23

UKRAINE President Yanukovych Said to Have Fled Kiev

The whereabouts of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych were unverified early Sunday, a day after he left the capital. His opposition, Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from prison and returned to Kiev, addressing a huge cheering crowd of Ukrainians calling for Yanukovych to resign. The streets still run with blood from the massacres of so many over the last weeks of protests against Yanukovych’s selfish, self-serving decisions that...

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LBJ’s Legacy: Many NeverBeforeSeen Chances. With a note on Doris Kearns Goodwin
Feb18

LBJ’s Legacy: Many NeverBeforeSeen Chances. With a note on Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin has gravitas… and is also a scrappy, in depth biographer who writes serious works with great humor and humanity for her subjects, their foibles and their featured triumphs in life. She’s written [1991] a fascinating bio of Lyndon Baines Johnson, and captured so well what a backcountry statesman, a man of great insight into human nature, a man of heart, and of clever pol views, and some stunningly far-seeing...

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Sid Caesar, Immigrant Son, Consummate Comedian, Dies
Feb12

Sid Caesar, Immigrant Son, Consummate Comedian, Dies

>Sid Caesar was born to hard-working immigrant parents, his mother from the then Russian Empire, and his father from Poland. The young couple struggled to come to the United States where as too often happened back then… the age-old family surname was lost at Ellis Island when an immigration official decided to re-name the family “Caesar”. Young Sid at age five was working in his parents deli/restaurant patronized by many...

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Superbowl Ad Controversy: English Aint the Language of ‘America.’
Feb04

Superbowl Ad Controversy: English Aint the Language of ‘America.’

Especially not ‘the king’s English’ as satirized by using ‘ain’t in this headline. Coca-Cola put up an ad at the superbowl: ‘America the Beautiful’ sung in seven different languages, including Keres, which is a language of certain southwestern Pueblo peoples. Online after the tv commercial, came a barrage of ‘Twitterish’… ‘speak English!’ accompanied by various...

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Joan Mondale, “Joan of Art” Passes Away
Feb03

Joan Mondale, “Joan of Art” Passes Away

In her 1972 book, “Politics in Art,” she framed a connection between [art and politics]. “Sometimes we do not realize how important our participation in politics is. Often we need to be reminded of our duty as citizens,” she wrote. “Artists can do just that; they can look at our politicians, our institutions and our problems to help us understand them better.” Brilliant ideas she had, of the best of art: tell the story of what is...

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