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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post How High is High Enough for Consciousness to be Raised
"I think ideology and idolatry are closely related--a form of "faith" when there is no other, and a way to resist ones own humanity."
Oct 9
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Mr. Bojangles: An Amateur's Analysis
"I wrote the "story" i.e. the narrative for the biography of Bill Robinson from the original research.  It was eventually made into a movie for Showtime starring Gregory Hines, but I've never seen it.  I got ripped off by my…"
Oct 9
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Surely Some Revelation is at Hand
"The other factor is that our form of government in adversarial in nature.  The adjunct to this is finding a form of government where that is not true, and that's how you wind up with totalitarian regimes, and Donald Trump."
Oct 6
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Surely Some Revelation is at Hand
"I look at it more from the standpoint: what if I were the politician?  Would I be able win a campaign and stay in office if I adhered only to my constituency, or to my conscience?  I think this is a more honest way to go about answering…"
Oct 6
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Surely Some Revelation is at Hand
"I look at it more from the standpoint: what if I were the politician?  Would I be able win a campaign and stay in office if I adhered only to my constituency, or to my conscience?  I think this is a more honest way to go about answering…"
Oct 6
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Surely Some Revelation is at Hand
"Rodney:  I think a big part of it now is the general disillusionment that has given politics a bad name, and nothing someone really respectable wants to go in to.  They drag you through the mud and then spit you out.  And all the…"
Oct 5
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Surely Some Revelation is at Hand
"I got a new slogan for folks like FM:   BORN TO BE DISILLUSIONED If I hadn't known so many of them, it wouldn't be so easy to recognize.  Or maybe a "Hothead" sticker will do to alert the innocent."
Oct 5
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Surely Some Revelation is at Hand
"Check out a poem titled: A Ritual to Read to Each Other," by William Stafford.  It's even better!"
Oct 4
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Retirement Life; What's It All About?
"Van Morrison did it best on his Enlightenment Album.  The entire album is a masterpiece."
Sep 19
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J.P. Hart commented on Ben Sen's blog post Dad: The Numbers Man
"Hunger and thirst diminish when you write of those warm Saturdays, Ben Sen."
Sep 19
Foolish Monkey commented on Ben Sen's blog post Dad: The Numbers Man
"This post brought back to me thoughts of the kinds of families many of my friends came from, hard working people who kept at it for their families and because it was the honorable thing to do.  I think we don't think in terms of honor…"
Sep 17
koshersalaami commented on Ben Sen's blog post Dad: The Numbers Man
"this would make a good Fathers' Day post"
Sep 17
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"Good to see you here, Ben Sen. I hope you'll put up more posts from your book. Some of my favourite reads over the years have been autobiographical."
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Dad: The Numbers Man

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 12:30pm 5 Comments

(The following is an excerpt from my new book: Growing Up Together)

     Dad taught me never to talk about religion, sex, or politics if you can help it.  Of course, those are my favorite topics.

     He went to an all boys school and was only taught by Jesuit priests.  While he showed allegiance to the Pope, he was more influenced by the "Black Pope," the head of the Jesuit order.  In college, he helped found a fraternity…

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At the Crossroad Where I Live

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 6:00am 11 Comments

     I live on the intersection between Third Avenue, otherwise known as the Bowery, and E. 10th Street in New York City.  I've lived here since 1978 but only learned recently that the Bowery is the oldest street in the city, dating back to the 17th century and before that it was a Native American trail.  

     Not to be outdone, Tenth Street for centuries was the link between the West side and the East side of the island.  Today it's the only side street that goes all the way…

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Listening to Race

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 10:30am 5 Comments

     Recent remarks by Tim Wise, a figure known nationally for his views on race, admonishing his audience to "listen" to people from other races is a bit discouraging given experience and the years that have gone by, but not since a president has been elected using racial baiting as a campaign tactic.

     It appears we are back to square one and the prognosis is not good.  How many outbreaks of racial violence will there be in the "Trump" era?  We have no idea what his response will…

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America Must Recognize Palestine

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 4:30pm 30 Comments

From the New York Times, Nov. 29, 2016

By Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States

     We do not yet know the policy of the next administration toward Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration.  It has been President Obama's aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side by side in peace.

     That prospect is now in grave doubt.  I am convinced that the United States can still…

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At 5:05am on May 12, 2017, J.P. Hart said…

" . . .the answer my friend . . ."

At 7:08am on October 9, 2016, Ned Netterville said…

Is a pleasure to be invited.  Who knows, may even be the nudge toward writing again I've needed.  The call of the blank page seems to have reactivated.  Thank you.

At 8:49pm on November 17, 2015, SeventhSister said…

Thanks, Ben!

At 2:12pm on November 4, 2015, mary gravitt said…

Thank you for becoming my friend.  I don't always answer right away because I don't have internet at home.

Mary

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