Monthly Archives: November 2011

The darker side of Black Friday

The news from Porter Ranch, California was either funny, sad, or both — depending on your point of view.  Apparently a female shopper pepper-sprayed fellow shoppers waiting for the local Wal-Mart to open at 10 PM on Thanksgiving Day 2011.  The scene … Continue reading

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Gratitude for loving kindness

This Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for loving kindness.  As many of you know, I grew up in a rather cold and unlovely family environment, which I have referenced in earlier blogs.  I cannot tell you all the reasons that … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving celebration at West Valley Occupational Center

Here is my ESL-3 (Intermediate Low) class today, the day before Thanksgiving 2011.  The students brought some wonderful food, danced, and finally stood still for these photos.

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First shoot in three weeks

This lovely sunset was enhanced by moisture in the air from recent rain showers. Above:  I happen to love the little “red eye,” a random accident of refraction.  I think I see an invading army of ghostly flying saucers. Can … Continue reading

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A nation wakes up

“Right here, right now, there is no other place I wanna be… watching the world wake up from history.”   — Jesus Jones As I write this in November 2011, many in this country are standing up and protesting the injustices, … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney explains himself

Hi, I’m Mitt Romney, and I’d like to be your next president.  Some have accused me of being a flip-flopper.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. I am a man of great constancy.  I am constantly being constant.  Ask … Continue reading

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The uses of pain & misery

 All right, I’m a crybaby.  When I started this post in July 2011, I thought I was an expert on pain & misery, having gone through many painful losses, humiliations, beatings, traffic accidents, injuries, medical conditions, and dental procedures.   However … Continue reading

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