Notes on the Burns / Novick Hemingway Documentary which aired over three days from April 6 — April 8, 2021 on PBS.

Moral of the story: don’t drink alcohol (straight or in any of its diluted forms), a tendency for ideation and alcohol don’t mix. …

My first best friend, Tim Leonard, a boy wedged in the middle of a pack of ten siblings, grew up a Catholic in a big, rambling house that teemed with life and always felt more crowded than any scene in a Bruegel painting. My parents, then youthful and aspirational white…

In the Donald’s world, we’re all useful idiots. ~ Anonymous

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand,
“The Shot Heard Round the World”

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (HRC) deplorables remark from way back in 2016 is-even more obviously today-the most deplorable blunder that ever shot out of her mouth.

As utterances go, it was the most like “the shot heard round the world”, the…

The pro-choice / pro-life “debate” is a lot like mud wrestling

What happens to our political convictions if ever we start to question the distinction between pro-life and pro-choice and recognize it for what it is: a false-dichotomy? What if a person can simultaneously be both pro-life and pro-choice without logical or spiritual contradiction?

I ask this question with extreme personal…

Richard Dawkin’s 1976 Book, “The Selfish Gene”

The way I was brought up there was always a taboo against any kid perceived as selfish. …

When you get the chance, treat yourself to Bo-Diddley’s heart-thumping rock ‘n roll rendition of the Willy Dixon song, You Can’t Judge a Book by The Cover. Enjoy Willy’s lyrics.

George Eliot originated the expression in her 1860 novel, The Mill on the Floss.

I don’t know where or when…

To the confusion of a few of my friends, whom other friends of mine might crassly dub “libtards”, I took my adult-age daughter to a shooting range a couple of times earlier this year. It’s not like I keep up on my NRA membership dues. It’s not that I want…

Justin Townes Earle

Authenticity is the absence of any difference between persona, the way we project ourselves, and our internal state of mind. It has to do with not just how we project ourselves but in how much our projections are reflected back to us from others. …

At least, that’s what Adam did in a moment which we could reasonably call without melodrama the birth of consciousness and self-awareness. It was a brief instant thereafter when God said to Adam (in the greatest rhetorical question of all time)

Who told you you were naked?

A question that…

I was there when Larry Page, then CEO now ex-Google, came out to the Motorola Mobility Campus in Libertyville, Illinois to tell the heartwarming tale of his deep connection to Motorola, how he was a Midwesterner at heart, how this acquisition was not like all the others, blah-blah-blah.

I was…

John Poplett

Author, novelist, van owner, alt-country fan

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