To Be Transgender is to Be Human

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else — means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.- E. E. Cummings Actor Elliot Page did an interview last spring with Oprah Winfrey on … Continue reading To Be Transgender is to Be Human

Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

◼︎BLACK LIVES MATTER◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS I've spent a awful lot of time watching Court TV this month with the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Wisconsin and the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Georgia. I can't immediately recall two trials of this magnitude coming back to back like this, nor situations touching simultaneously on so many social, legal … Continue reading Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

What’s Happened to Concerts?

◼︎AN OLD GEEZER RANT! As of this writing, nine people are dead from the November 5th "Houston Stampede" with many more injured including a 9-year-old boy now in a medically-induced coma.9-year-old Ezra Blount died on Sunday, November 14, 2021, becoming the 10th victim. This isn't a total surprise. Rapper Travis Scott has a reputation and … Continue reading What’s Happened to Concerts?

Mindfulness, Happiness & ‘RAIN’

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎CANCER◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL "Don't fret. Everything's going to be OK." That's a helpful advice for someone, isn't it? Yeah, sometimes. But sometimes not. I read a commentary last week in the Wall Street Journal about "toxic positivity." Elizabeth Bernstein wrote that "forcing ourselves or others to always be positive can be harmful … Continue reading Mindfulness, Happiness & ‘RAIN’

Beautiful Holden Arboretum

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎DAVID & ME David and I did our annual October pilgrimage this past weekend to Kidron, Ohio, where we visit Lehman's Hardware and the Smucker's Store and Cafe in neighboring Orville. It was fun as usual, but we've lost our touch! We only spent about $25 altogether. We used to be much better … Continue reading Beautiful Holden Arboretum

Nightmare on Glasgow Street

◼︎CLIMATE CHANGE◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS Glasgow, Climate Change & Capitalism: A true Halloween horror. An article in today's New York Times drives home the depth of the climate change crisis. It's not that we can't deal with it — yet — but there's little chance we will be. Certainly not in time to avoid catastrophic consequences that will fall … Continue reading Nightmare on Glasgow Street

Carl Sagan on Mindfulness & Gratitude

◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL Carl Sagan, the preeminent scientist behind the landmark PBS Cosmos series that aired in 1980, was interviewed by Charlie Rose a few months before his death in 1996. I watched it on YouTube over the weekend. It was his last TV interview. Sagan died of complications from myelodysplasia. He was promoting … Continue reading Carl Sagan on Mindfulness & Gratitude

Burying the Hatchet in the ‘Great Transgender Debate’

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Enough. I want to move on. Regular followers of this blog probably know I've been engaged in an extended debate around transgender issues with socialist friends and acquaintances, people with whom I share a mutual history of support and work with the U.S. Socialist Workers Party (SWP). By extension, my conflict … Continue reading Burying the Hatchet in the ‘Great Transgender Debate’