Category Archives: Commentary

Languages disapearing

Several years ago the Associated Press reported that out of 6-thousand world languages, 2-thousand 500 languages are in danger of extinction. The report added that 200 languages have become extinct in the last three generations, and another 199 languages have fewer than ten speakers left. That fact saddens me. To understand our collective cultural future, we must know our linguistic past. When a language becomes extinct so does the history and endemic knowledge of that culture. I am also saddened that the English language we…

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Arctic Cold

A few years ago I posted the following after a fridged few days. It seems more appropriate even now. To wit: It’s morning. Temperature is 2 degrees below zero. I have a fire going and feeling safe. The warmth of a long-ago sun spreads into my room as a log fire dissolves its way to ash giving back the heat and light of many seasons’ growth. Fluid flames dance in a flickering grace of form and orange light. Heat is the result. Light a soft…

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Wilber Ross

I am morally disturbed at the insensitivity of Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross. He is a self-made millionaire with the alleged wisdom to oversee the mercantile agenda of our nation. It seems to me that would include the welfare of federal employees. If you have not seen his remarks by now, you should because his ethic is endemic of the ignorance of the haves to the have-nots. He tried to walk it back to the press after somebody got to him, but it didn’t work. It’s…

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The Responsibilities of Abundance

I had a simple fish chowder last night, and it was filling and fine. I thought of those throughout the world who have little or nothing to eat and where starvation is a constant worry. Too many count the grains of rice for the pot to feed a family and deal with the ache of hunger as the body eats itself in a wrenching dichotomy to stay alive. My simple meal was to millions of souls around the world, a feast. I went to the…

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