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How to tell a story

Thursday, March 31, 2016

UConn women ...

... are great for bball! They are incredible to watch, I am awed by them more than by any men's team, they play the way men used to play before the giants took over and changed the game. Precision, relentless energy -- when's the last time you saw a player dive for the ball with a 30 pt lead? They are a TEAM. They play bball the way it should be played, the way men might play it again if you raised the basket a foot or two. I wish they would. Dunks are bullshit.

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Surely is

US Soccer's wage gap is America's shame

http://gu.com/p/4t296?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Yard work

Good progress today. But hard for me to do. I understand how old men can drop dead at this sort of thing. I'm careful.

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Yes!

U.S. Women’s Soccer Doesn’t Deserve Equal Pay — They Deserve More - http://huff.to/235glmy

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Go!

USWNT Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Soccer In Fight For Equal Pay - http://huff.to/234UY4Q

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Whole Cloth

No audience for this but putting it together has raised my spirits, filling me with joy and wonder about my work/life.

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Sketch ...

... jumped onto my lap on the divan. Normal. Must have been sick.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Coming soon


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Tick tock

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Antarctic loss could double expected sea level rise by 2100, scientists say
http://wapo.st/1M1aL0q

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A fav spot as a kid

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
150 years of misfortune in L.A.’s Griffith Park: A curse, ghosts and, now, an unknown woman’s skull
http://wapo.st/1pF70mL

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Update

Sketch seems to be feeling a tad better.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Keep it going

Report: Portland Home Values Growing Fastest In US http://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-home-value-growth-rate/

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Good trend for our selling in year or two.

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Tonight's paella


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A story at last

Oregon State Advances To Final Four After 60-57 Win Over Baylor http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-state-beats-baylor-final-four/

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Hanging in

Sketch hanging in, I am hanging in. Pooped from long hours of cooking and writing. No yard work today, looks like. Maybe first thing tomorrow.

WHOLE CLOTH looking good. No audience unless my work gets discovered for higher regard after I pass. Or by a curious student. No audience never stopped me ha ha.

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My life as fiction

Concern

Sketch is sick or on last legs ... he's15. Pretty weak and slow. Sleeping beside me on divan, though he didn't have strength to jump up here himself.

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Shameful

OPB radio news at 9pm didn't mention historic trip to Final Four by Ore. St. women.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Victory

Beavers to Final Four!

Beat Baylor ... next up, ... o my ... UConn.

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Adding to the heat

Rosario Dawson, how dare you lecture Dolores Huerta?

http://gu.com/p/4hq9d?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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I, too, am turned off by the Sanders tone of moral superiority.

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Yard work!

Got out the ancient push mower and busted butt ... not for long but enough to get two sections (of 6) mowed. Maybe by week's end it will be looking ok.

Made a pot of black beans and rice.

Big Ore. St. challenge tonight against Baylor.

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Reality 101

The optimistic view

Behind the scenes

Scale of Hearst plot to discredit Orson Welles and Citizen Kane revealed

http://gu.com/p/4hnay?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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How unAmerican ha ha

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
‘Batman v Superman’ broke records at the box office. But that doesn’t justify its existence.
http://wapo.st/1Rya1yS

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Best football documentary I've seen

Fantastic ... A miracle comeback, played by, reflected about, by bright (actual) student athletes.



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A first!

Udub women to Final Four after easy win over Stanford.

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Ah, the arts

‘Batman v Superman’ crushes the box office despite being killed by critics: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/Lu9qv_lcwww/

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Changes

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Our socialist youth: Why millennials are embracing a bad, old term
http://wapo.st/1RsWbLX

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A socialist's perspective

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The ‘Sanders Democrat’ is paving the way for the radical left
http://wapo.st/1RsWbf5

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Shadow headlines

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
At Oregon and Yale, this March Madness highlights issue of sexual assualt on campuses
http://wapo.st/1UQ85W6

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Upset!

Art and politics

'LAUGHTER... CAN WIN THE WAR AGAINST DARKNESS' - http://huff.to/1q7ZyB2

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OSU women YES!, UO men No ...

Ore St women move on, face #1 seed Baylor, winner to Final Four.

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UCLA spared Conn. ha ha

Pathetic

Watching UCLA-Texas, winner to play Conn. Both suck, in comparison. Another blood bath ahead.

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No surprise

Photos Of Damage Caused By Oregon Occupiers Proves They Aren't Fit To Manage Anything - http://huff.to/1q6jww4

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UConn W

Caucus

Don't like them. Too social, antithetical to values of secret ballot.

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61-12 at half

Who will stop Conn.? The one time they trailed at half, still won by over 20. And now two #1 seeds are gone. Amazing team. Mind boggling defense.

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Perspective

Corporate-Dominated Western Media Highlights Western Victims and Ignores Western Violence: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/pnms7t6JcLo/

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Climate change and motherhood

Why bring kids into a troubling future? Important discussion in new issue of The Nation.

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32-4

Here we go again ... 1st Q lead of Conn. over Miss. St.

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Nice gesture

JK Rowling posts letters of rejection on Twitter to help budding authors

http://gu.com/p/4hpjn?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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At the top of her fame, Doris Lessing had a book submitted with a pseudonym soundly rejected. Good to be reminded that the literary business is a crapshoot.

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No surprise

'Arrogant' Clinton is proving to be a tough sell in Sanders-loving Seattle

http://gu.com/p/4hpkc?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Continuity

I can remember a sunny day in July, 1959, some 57 years ago, when I was sitting on the deck of my apt in Berkeley, only weeks before joining the Army, sipping a cold beer and listening to Gerry Mulligan, the same version of the same song I am enjoying right now. Thank the gods that a few things march on indefinitely.

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Paella variation


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Mr. Mellow


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A hero here

Thousands Line Up In Portland For Bernie Sanders Rally http://www.opb.org/news/article/bernie-sanders-portland-oregon-moda-center-politics/

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Alas, we've seen this before: great energy, no significant change. Hedges says change can't happen in our two party system. I tend to agree with him, which enables the same old self-delusion that Democrats will overthrow their corporate masters. But gee the rallies are FUN.

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Kick the can

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Portland wants to give homeless people a free bus ticket out of town
http://wapo.st/1Pvwzvz
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Chet Baker

Looking back

Richard FariƱa: lost genius who bridged the gap between beats and hippies

http://gu.com/p/4hpya?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Whole cloth

A revealing exercise. Pros and cons. Truth.

40 pages and still going.
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Starting the day right


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Looking good, Oregon advances

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nice guys

Feds release pictures of $6 million in damages Bundy militants caused to Oregon reserve: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/d1HaPxRZgLE/

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A touch of sanity


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Inspiration

Housekeeper day, which means I spent the morning in my basement office. Wrote 20 pages of something new, called WHOLE CLOTH: REFLECTIONS ON THE PERSONAL ROOTS OF NARRATIVE. Documents connections between the life and the work. It's a leap of faith to suppose this would be of interest to anyone but myself but I think it belongs in the archive.

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Progressives overrate "the people"

Clinton is beating Sanders. Don't blame the party, blame the people

http://gu.com/p/4hzgh?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Rise of video fraud

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Why you should be skeptical that any video is real
http://wapo.st/1PrZ0dQ

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tick tock

U.S. Faces Flood of Internal Climate Refugees: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/7ihGvRRfBdQ/

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Sanders ...

... gained 6 delegates last night. He needs to win Calif very big. Hard to do. He does better in caucus, where youthful energy registers. What secret ballot, as my dad used to say?

Can't help but think this has become a systemic waste of time.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Perspective

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
How NOT to save the world: Why U.S. students who go to poor countries to ‘do good’ often do the opposite
http://wapo.st/1S35img

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Tick tock

James Hansen's Climate Bombshell: Dangerous Sea Level Rise Will Occur in Decades, Not Centuries: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/03/22/james-hansens-climate-bombshell-dangerous-sea-level-rise-will-occur-decades-not

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Larger margin than I expected for west

Where's the sense of it?

Just learned the prof who hired me, who recently died, was just 69. Ran marathons, biked, climbed mountains. And here I am, the scrapple king couch potato, almost a decade older. Go figure.

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Buttermilk rolls ...

... with bacon, eggs, and cheddar.



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Monday, March 21, 2016

But Sanders will take Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Endorses Hillary Clinton http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-kate-brown-endorses-hillary-clinton/

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Perspective

Human exceptionalism

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say
http://wapo.st/1UfItlP

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Pac 12 in Sweet 16 (W)

Oregon State ... Washington ... Stanford ...

Maybe UCLA if they hold lead.

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Dinner


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Pipe dream

Under the assumption health issues increase with age, and we're at least a year away, likely two, I fear our clock is wrong for a big road trip. Maybe a small one. Should have done it earlier.

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Challenge

I'm a routine kind of guy ... and the greatest challenge I have is dealing with H's total lack of predictability due to memory loss. It always drives me crazy and sometimes close to the edge.

I think she makes things harder for herself as well, though she is better at facing reality. But she still volunteers for things she can't do, and she still feels sorry for herself. I suck as a nurse. Whining and self-pity don't get my sympathy.

I cherish moments alone.

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A good start ...

... to the week, thanks to quiet bread making at 2 a.m., my usual great, comforting breakfast, my stellar iced coffee, and remaining quiet with H still in bed. She had a bad weekend, new health issue, and of course this affects me.

We may have lost our vagabond moment. Health issues may prevent a road trip. One day at a time, as they say.

Getting back to ukulele. Exercises, get back up to speed.

If H were better ... and if I had some respect in this fickle town, life would be perfect.
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A political N Iowa?

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Here comes the opposition book: Clinton and her allies prepare for Trump
http://wapo.st/1Vsx8xN

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Too soon to count Sanders out, with strong western states coming up. And too soon to guarantee Trump. Both conventions still can be brokered, where anything can happen.

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And still more

Northern Iowa's stunning collapse shows March Madness deserves the hype

http://gu.com/p/4hm9g?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Olive bread


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Unreal and worth repeating

Northern Iowa blow 12-point lead with 44 seconds left while Xavier bow out

http://gu.com/p/4hmv5?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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And Pac 12 collapse

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
ACC set record for teams in the Sweet 16 — with a little luck, good basketball
http://wapo.st/1VszQn1

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N Iowa nightmare

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Miraculous comeback allows Texas A&M to beat Northern Iowa
http://wapo.st/1WBzcBP

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Blowing it

N Iowa with 8 pt lead, 20secs left, with the ball. Overtime. Jeez.

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I ache, therefore I am

Over-extended myself this morning. Paying the price.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

World's popular food

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The incredible thing about hamburgers
http://wapo.st/1UqmTu4

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A rude world

Harriet and I, sitting outside with coffee, Sketch at our feet, compared notes about recent slights that never would have happened back in the day of good manners. We were both appalled by what has changed in the realm of common courtesy. Made us ready to leave Portland, so part of our road trip will be to find a new home, our last.

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Giving back

From the mail bag:

Good Morning,
I read Staying Sober without AA this time last year and I just wanted to thank you. Your little E book was instrumental in my staying sober. I've been blogging on a site called HelloSundayMorning for the past year and am about 13 months sober today as a result. I reccomend your book often to members of HSM..
...
I would like to do a very personal reveiw of your e book on my site and wanted to make sure that that was ok with you.
And truely...Thank You! Your book was pivotal for me 


41-4

UConn over Robt Morris after FIRST quarter (10 mins.)! Mercy.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Upset City

No perfect brackets of millions

Bad to worse

Refugees will be sent back across Aegean in EU-Turkey deal

http://gu.com/p/4hy5n?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Yahoo!

Middle Tennessee State tops Michigan State in shock of NCAA tournament

http://gu.com/p/4hy89?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Pac 12 crashes

3 losses yesterday, Ore St just lost, Cal losing. O my.

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Sun Records

The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/ghYhyyssJZs/

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I remember it well. How cool to be a teenager at the birth of rock and roll.

Check out Birthing Little Richard.
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Vagabonds

Aiming for May-Oct 2017 for living on the road, selling house in Spring. Knock on my wooden head.

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Women's dance ...

... starts at 9, I begin by rooting for underdog Princeton. Nerd power.

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Tick tock

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The vast, shrinking northern glaciers that we never even talk about
http://wapo.st/1XygZVT

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Family rules

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
For Adam LaRoche, the decision to walk away from baseball was an easy one
http://wapo.st/1pPkNaK

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Miles film

Don Cheadle: 'I wanted to create a film that Miles Davis would want to star in'

http://gu.com/p/4hk7e?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Summary

Yale, Little Rock, Wichita State spring upsets on day one of NCAA tournament

http://gu.com/p/4hkcp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Anxiety

the older I get
the more who are
dying at my age
or younger

the more
my own passing
becomes probable

the more
I worry about
having control
over my own exit

the rub is this:
making the decision
before circumstances
make it for me

and knowing when
it's time to act
too late a disaster
too soon a waste

ah the glory
of the existentialist!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Good news

Yale, Little Rock score major upsets on first day of NCAA tournament

http://gu.com/p/4hkcp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Nerd Nation II

#12 Yale upsets Baylor!

MADE MY DAY!

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The Plan

We hope to sell the house ... it's an outrageous seller's market here ... and put our stuff in storage and live on the road for six months to a year ... and begin in a year, two max, while we still can drive etc. Hope we can do that.
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My dance favorites

1. West coast teams
2. Double digit seeds
3. Team with least tattoos
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Case sounds fishy to me

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Sexual misconduct allegation against ex-captain clouds Yale’s tournament visit
http://wapo.st/1QZ893h

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Dumb citizens = dumb politics (Sen. Wayne Morse)

Democracy is a joke, says China – just look at Donald Trump

http://gu.com/p/4hjjz?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Amateur hour

In my drinking days I hated St. Patrick's Day as much as I hated New Year's Eve. On each, my regular watering holes were taken over by tourists who drank green beer or wore funny hats, who were loud and disruptive, who told bad jokes, who didn't know what irony was. Terrible holidays!

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Power Struggle

my heart doctor
wants me to take
a pill that scares
the bejesus
out of me

so I told him
no thanks

and he told me
don't tell me
how to do my job

and I told him
don't tell me
how to do my death

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Reality

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Bye bye, Bernie: The Democratic race is all but over
http://wapo.st/254xM8I

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The conflict begins

My heart doc wants to add new med to the 5 pills I already take. I ordered it. I read the info with it, which scared the hell out of me, primarily because once you start, it's risky to stop. Bad karma, that. I emailed, no thanks and expect a reply I won't enjoy. So the inevitable disagreement on the purpose of medicine finally begins. A drag.

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The Standard


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Duh

‘Modern Life Is Not Good for Mental Health’: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/lDgMkCHBnlg/

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Clinton looks certain now

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Clinton takes three states; Sanders promises to continue his campaign
http://wapo.st/1ptbvS0

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She won 4 and it might be a sweep!

If it were winner take all, Sanders might have a shot. I don't see him with a chance since delegates are split and a brokered convention works in Clinton's favor. Losing Ohio big was the nail in Sanders' coffin.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Watching election returns


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Buttermilk rolls

Best batch ever! Tweaked recipe: all buttermilk instead of half water; used White Lilly biscuit flour instead of my standard King Arthur bread flour.



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Old age

Feeling very old lately. Physically. Mentally. Tick tock.

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Cartoon

Monday, March 14, 2016

Good for Canada

Canada Set to Test Basic-Income Concept: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/FfkmovgHjtE/

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Sarah Paulson

Heard long interview with her: as articulate as talented. Again, her Marcia Clark in the OJ miniseries is the best performance I've seen in a long time. I never saw the TV shows she's been on and had never heard of her. I was really blown away.




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Nasty, nasty

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Sanders has gotten nastier. Does it explain his lasting power?
http://wapo.st/1MgvvvK

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Media responsibility

Corrupt Corporate TV Complicity: Stoking Violence At Trump Events: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/03/corrupt-corporate-tv-complicity-stoking-0

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Nature marches on

February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount

http://gu.com/p/4hgn7?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Clinton her own enemy

Some really dumb lies lately.

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Trump fans, a mile line in the rain

Encore

I really like this recent poem.

Aging

1
I have much physical evidence
that years ago an impostor
stole my identity and used it
to put plays on a stage
to publish books and articles
to win grants and awards
in a frenzy of literary activity
that finally has come to an end
so that I can be myself again

2
I have vivid memories of being naked
in the presence of beautiful naked women
to the mutal satisfaction of all
but recently have begun to doubt
the veracity of my memory
since I find no concrete evidence
not a photo, not a momento
in any of various family albums
that such encounters actually happened

3
I have a vague feeling that I'm waiting
around for something or someone
who will explain to me the point
of all this spare time on my hands
now that I'm just another forgotten
and ignored and irrelevant senior citizen
who once upon a time had purpose
and was far too busy and productive
to wonder what in hell is going on

Politics today

Donald Trump's Supporters Love Him Even More After Chicago Violence - http://huff.to/1Rf6WjP

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Selection Sunday

An opportunity, in the early rounds, to watch STUDENT athletes.

And a diversion. I need all the distraction I can get.

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SNL on Sanders

"The young people love me, Tapper, because I'm like them: I've got a lot of big plans and absolutely no idea how to achieve them."

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Gun culture

The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do

http://gu.com/p/4hfmq?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Ta da!

Go humans: Lee Sedol scores first victory against supercomputer

http://gu.com/p/4hgdq?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Tick tock

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The more we learn about Antarctica’s past, the scarier the present looks
http://wapo.st/1WfjxIo

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Sanders backers switching to Trump: what's wrong with this picture?

Feeling the Bern for Trump: Sanders voters who don't have eyes for Clinton

http://gu.com/p/4hf5n?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

First dance

8th seed Buffalo (W) upsets C. Mich. in OT for their first trip to NCAA tournament. Love it.

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Poison spreading

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
‘The Trump Effect’ is contaminating our kids — and could resonate for years to come
http://wapo.st/24VZX9K

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Clinton's error

The first lady who looked away: Nancy and the Reagans' troubling Aids legacy

http://gu.com/p/4hf66?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Tick tock

Donald Trump Says His Supporters Should 'Hit Back' At Protesters More Often - http://huff.to/1Rcg9JK

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Perspective

Black Lives Matter: ‘We Know Revolution Won’t Come at the Ballot Box’: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/EFDfIKIKx4A/

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Tick tock

Donald Trump blames ‘our communist friend’ Bernie Sanders for Chicago clashes: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/rt9Td03449U/

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Nothing surprising going on ... Much worse ahead. Hopefully I'll miss the worst of it.

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Maddow on Trump

Maddow: The Trump Violence Is Deliberate, Here's Proof: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/03/maddow-trump-violence-deliberate-heres

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Perspective

Bill Maher: Clinton and Sanders fans’ attacks on one another ‘is gonna be the death of liberals’: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/kD_5iD_Pf30/

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tick tock

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are showing a startling increase
http://wapo.st/1R99TCF

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My favorite biopic

The Cole Porter story, focusing on how the art and the life came from whole cloth. A remarkable biopic.


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Energy

Did a huge grocery shopping early morning -- and I'm pooped, probably for the day. One chore a day is becoming the new normal. Incredible.

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Perspective

Democratic debate: it's painful to watch Clinton and Sanders go at each other

http://gu.com/p/4he8q?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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"The people"

A wave of right-wing populism has swept across Europe: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/Y-icFwBlnbU/

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Saving the species

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Jeff Bezos pulls back the curtain on his plans for space
http://wapo.st/224neE8

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Whitman letter

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Rare Walt Whitman letter, written for a dying soldier, found in National Archives
http://wapo.st/1TucIEK

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A brilliant performance

"I Was so Angry That It Was Making Me Shake": Sarah Paulson on Playing Marcia Clark in a Harrowing Episode Of "The People v. O.J. Simpson": http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/143002116/0/alternet~I-Was-so-Angry-That-It-Was-Making-Me-Shake-Sarah-Paulson-on-Playing-Marcia-Clark-in-a-Harrowing-Episode-Of-The-People-v-OJ-Simpson

As well done as any miniseries I've seen, top to bottom.
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Changes

Oregon militia members could face decades in prison over new charges

http://gu.com/p/4he5g?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Tick tock

Dangerous global warming will happen sooner than thought – study

http://gu.com/p/4hdqe?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Thankful ...

... for the basics.

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Tick tock

A.I. Program From Google Beats Human World Champ In Game Of Go http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-ai-program-from-google-beats-human-world-champ-in-game-of-go/

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Priced out

I'd love to go to the upcoming indoor track championships. Can't afford it. A very favorite play opens here in Spring, The Skin of Our Teeth. 2 tickets are beyond our budget, but we're splurging on a half price preview. If you live on a fixed income, fuck you beyond the basics.

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Writers at death

Uses of fiction

MFA consequences

Surviving as a writer

Houston, we have a problem

Hillary Clinton loses to Bernie Sanders in stunning Michigan primary upset

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The problem is this: Sanders LOST the night's delegate count by 18. +7 in Mich, -25 in Miss. So he gets impressive close wins but then gets crushed where black votes are significant. If Clinton wins this, she can thank African-Americans (not southern rednecks).

But this stirs the pot and delays a victory dance.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tell me about it

Medical Bills Still Take A Big Toll, Even With Insurance http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-medical-bills-still-take-a-big-toll-even-with-insurance/

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Never bothered me

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Another reason not to binge-drink: It can give you a heart attack or stroke
http://wapo.st/1QzebWP

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Exactly right

Trump Is the Most Offensive GOP Candidate, But Cruz Would Be More Dangerous in the Oval Office: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/142747896/0/alternet~Trump-Is-the-Most-Offensive-GOP-Candidate-But-Cruz-Would-Be-More-Dangerous-in-the-Oval-Office

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Food future

Spin

WashPo’s Obvious Bias: 16 Negative Stories About Bernie Sanders Published Over 16 Hours: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/j4bRg71skNg/

But the progressive press bashes Clinton daily. Both sides suck.

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Buttermilk rolls


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Monday, March 7, 2016

The Marciano option

Buddies


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Paella




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Hmmm

Bernie Sanders’ top strategist Tad Devine revealed in a Politico podcast interview that the revolution-loving Vermont Senator would consider being Hillary Clinton’s vice-president.

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Fragments

Summer, 1971, was a breakthrough moment in my literary career. The Literary Review published my short story "Fragments Before the Fall," (http://www.ibiblio.org/cdeemer/frag.htm), validating me as an artist more than anything I had published earlier. This story had a unique birth.

I had dropped out of a PhD program (Amer Lit, Melville) at the Univ of Oregon in the summer of 1967 in order "to become a writer." With my new lover, I moved to Portland and began the effort. I was focusing in two directions: to publish in literary magazines I admired, particularly those with international audiences (Prism International, The Literary Review); to publish in Northwest Magazine, a Sunday newspaper supplement and the best local paying market. I accomplished both goals and returned to grad school on an MFA program.

But it was a struggle. I was receiving rejection slips like crazy because I was writing and submitting like crazy. One afternoon in particular summarized this effort: I opened the mailbox to find four returned stories, two of them from The Literary Review. This was the last straw.

I vividly remember my reaction. I rushed inside and tossed the envelopes across the room. I sat down at my manual Remington typewriter and started typing. Some 30 or 40 minutes later I had something called "Fragments Before the Fall." I immediately drove to the post office and mailed it to The Literary Review.

It took them almost a year to accept it and over a year later to publish it, by which time I was back in grad school. This story, born of frustration and arrogance, is still the closest I've come to writing a "writer's manifesto."

All this comes to mind because this morning the title Fragments After the Fall entered my head: a final statement in fragments, a bookend to close my career, which can be open ended, ending when it's over.

Hmm.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Great decision

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Peyton Manning set to announce retirement
http://wapo.st/1UKbxjY

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My shero

Winners and losers yesterday

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
http://wapo.st/1TXgI0u

"LOSERS

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic nominee: Look, Sanders still hasn't broken out of the mold of winning only heavily white states. He's won seven states, and all six of them rank among the 18 whitest states in the country. That's not good enough to win the Democratic nomination -- especially considering the most populous states have more black voters. Clinton's massive margins of victory among black voters and huge delegate prizes in such states, combined with her massive lead among superdelegates, quite simply mean Sanders can't keep relying so heavily on white voters; it's just not good enough. Sanders won some states tonight, but he didn't little to change the underlying reality that he remains a distinct underdog who needs something to change."

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Public education

From the Chronicle:

UC Berkeley has been reclassifying master's degrees from "academic" to "professional" in a little-noticed drive that lets the university charge more for the programs - doubling or tripling the price, in some cases - while officially maintaining a tuition freeze across the University of California. University records examined by The Chronicle show that in the past five years, UC Berkeley has reclassified 20 master's degrees at nine graduate schools, collecting millions of dollars more from students despite the tuition freeze that has been in place for California residents...

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Disoriented

Dog got me up and I misread the clock and thought it was 4. But nothing felt like 4, putting me off balance ... until I checked a bball score and saw the time.

UCLA-Ore St Pac 12 W final tonight. Look forward to it!

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Perspective

This Donald Trump Rally Looks Like A Scene From Nazi Germany - http://huff.to/1QVD6AP

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Sanders' wins states, but ...

Cruz and Sanders take states but Trump and Clinton hit back in south

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In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton lost in Kansas and in Nebraska to a resurgent Sanders campaign, although her own win in Louisiana, as expected, left her well ahead in net delegates at the end of the night.

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Saturday dinner


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But will it be this?

Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump: the looming battle for the soul of America

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Remarkable people

On the sinking ship called planet Earth, remarkable people are doing remarkable things, from producing podcasts of abortion diaries, to planting milkweed to help migrating butterflies. You can hear their stories on the BBC, on shows broadcast here at 3 and 4 in the morning.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

R.I.P.

Pat Conroy, bestselling US author of the Prince of Tides, dies aged 70

http://gu.com/p/4haz3?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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And just the beginning ...

Notes on the Syrian exodus: ‘Epic in scale, inconceivable until you witness it’

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Langston Hughes

Perspective

Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist

http://gu.com/p/4h8m7?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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American exceptionalism


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The human factor

American politics IV

American politics III

Trump Campaign Caught Photoshopping Models Skin To Appear Black: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/03/trump-campaign-caught-photoshopping-models

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American politics II

Republican attacks escalate as Trump insists ‘there is no problem’ with his penis size: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/IVZ1UgVBSv8/

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American politics

This morn's Chronicle:

Thursday night's presidential debate degenerated into a nonstop, two-hour insult-a-thon, with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz doing everything they could to paint front-runner Donald Trump as a lying, unprincipled, con man willing to say anything to win the party's nomination. Then, of course, they pledged to back Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Not a trivial matter

Hillary Clinton Would Declassify UFO Files, Top Aide Says - http://huff.to/1QOqL1e

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Read samples


Controversy

Nina Simone's estate tells biopic star Zoe Saldana: 'Take Nina’s name out your mouth'

http://gu.com/p/4h9ct?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Seeing the future

Monkeys taught to control robotic wheelchair by thought alone

http://gu.com/p/4h9cc?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Gentrification

St John Coltrane Church faces eviction, a sign of San Francisco's lost jazz history

http://gu.com/p/4h8nx?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

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Here we go ...

Sarah Paulson ...

... knocks my socks off as Marcia Clark in the OJ mini series. An award performance!
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Prelude to the dance

Bbw tournaments begin this morning.



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