Category Archives: Essays

On Appreciation: Random thoughts on Thanksgiving Day, 2016

At various key junctures my life has been uplifted, even saved, by people who recognized something in me, who loved me in a new way, and/or who showed me a new way to love and/or to be in this world.  … Continue reading

Posted in Autobiographical, Essays, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Freedom and Independence

On Independence Day, we in the USA celebrate our country’s independence from England, and the freedoms we enjoy as U.S. citizens & residents. We like to say we’re the “greatest country in the world,” and that we have more freedom … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Political, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lady Liberty

A beloved symbol of the USA is the Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from the French people in 1886.  Its name in French is “La Liberté éclairant le monde,” meaning “Liberty Enlightening the World.”  Chinese pro-Democracy demonstrators created … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Political, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My father, the Army surgeon

As I write this, it is Veterans’ Day 2013, and everywhere people are honoring and memorializing members of our armed services.  My father, Frank Kennedy Mears, Jr., was a major in the U.S. Army.  When I was three, in 1955, … Continue reading

Posted in Autobiographical, Essays, Political, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LABOR’S LOVE LOST: Why labor unions sometimes suck, and why we need them, anyway

I write this on September 2, 2013.  Labor Day.  Facebook is today full of posts about labor unions with platitudes on why unions are important (see below).  Meanwhile, union membership is at its lowest level since World War II, conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Autobiographical, Essays, School stuff, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(Re)Discovering E.B. White

A friend of mine has an electric fence around a piece of his land, and keeps two cows there. I asked him one day how he liked his fence and whether it cost much to operate. “Doesn’t cost a damn … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Essays, Political, Uncategorized | 2 Comments