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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post Rachel Maddow Poses the Question of the Year
"I've fought them for quite awhile, but when it's obvious they're like their idol, and feed off their enemies, I don't waste the effort.  It isn't just the deplorable education of rural Americans in particular that is…"
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J.P. Hart commented on Ben Sen's blog post Meet My Friend Joe
"Where'd we be without these 'just poor boys'? The Dimaggios Benjamins Johnnies Tommie Kinds---so in love with lassies just like Bonnie? That little bit funny big Al, Robertos Frankies Connies and Lonnys, Sammys and Richys marching…"
Dec 7
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post Question for a Tuesday
"It's really just one more step in Israel's conquest of Palestine--another inch to go with all the other inches, and then when the Palestinians are successfully humiliated once again and rise in protest, more can be slaughtered and Israelis…"
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Ben Sen commented on lorianne's blog post Houston, We Have A Problem
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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post If I Wanted to be a Poet
"Poetry is the beginning, the first form, where sound and meaning meet"
Dec 1
Arthur James commented on Ben Sen's blog post Meet My Friend Joe
"` I soon... will reread the book by George Carlin ` When will Jesus Bring The Pork chops? ` He wrote : Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty. `~'~'`"
Dec 1
Arthur James commented on Ben Sen's blog post Meet My Friend Joe
"` Ya need to share Ya'S Avatar on Facebook? ` ~ William Blake ` to see the universe in a grain if sand, beauty in a flower, and to the Universe in the Palm of our hands... ` It's bed time... `~` `"
Nov 30
Arthur James commented on Ben Sen's blog post Meet My Friend Joe
"` Ben Sen... Ya's not podulata @ Facebook ? Ya'a got a Friend? Cherish as if Ya;s  Friend is Gorgeous AS Fine Gold sand? No. Precios? As Precious as Precious Jewell and  Beyond Price... Thank Joe... I read and…"
Nov 30
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

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Meet My Friend Joe

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

     The following is from a section in my new book, titled Growing Up Together.  I introduce readers to Joseph Ellin, my friend who was a philosopher.  The quote is taken from Joe's book Morality and the Meaning of Life.

To have meaning in your life requires that you create a meaningful life for yourself through interesting activities; but this is evidently not enough.  Unless some morality also enters your life--love, friendship,…


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…


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…


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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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.


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