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After listening to Mick Mulvaney's talk about Meals on Wheels and programs for Early Childhood Education, I am foaming at the mouth. Here is one of my bumbling rambles, this one about the fact that the public funds that are invested in the early childhood years pay off more than they do for any other age group.
42. The answer to life, the universe, and everything, is: 42. I've thought this over very thoroughly. Well, you didn't ask me 42 what? OK, retrieving from memory banks... this won't take 5,000 years... I'm afraid you might be disappointed. I am giving you the answer to the…Continue
I was confounded, confused, even delirious in my disappointment with the election of Donald Trump. I couldn’t imagine a more implacable foe to all the ideals that I have carefully nurtured, since my initial enthusiasm about the world, back in the Sixties. I had a resounding headache, which so plagued me that night that I went out into the street, to visit an old Mom and Pop grocery store that continues to survive in my neighborhood. I wanted to see if they still stocked those headache…Continue
--Note. Jonathan Wolfman is a character in this play, but in this play, he is a completely fictional character. I know very little about Mr. Wolfman, other than that he has a radio show.
SCENE: In the corner of a city apartment, Jonathan Wolfman sits at a computer desk, which serves as his recording studio and online radio station. Sitting next to him is a striking gentleman, with a head of snow white hair and wearing a well-tailored suit, who sips tea…Continue
In one of my earliest memories, I am five years old, and fireflies are gracefully circling over a meadow near a lush forest. I know it was in the Eastern United States, a much greener place than this. Certainly not Modesto. And I can remember making circling lines on lined paper, trying to convince another child that I could write like grownups do. These memories are more abstract than visual to me now. The far past is dim, but somehow all the forgotten fantasy, the little…Continue
I. Feeling depressed, and dealing with it
This morning I woke up early, and got out of bed at around 5:30. This would seem to be a good thing, but in my case it is not because my work schedule has recently changed. After a year of working a full-time schedule of midnight and early morning shifts, I have been given a straight shift, which means I am to work the same hours every day. Good news! Unfortunately, the best time for me to be at work is the afternoon, preferably after two…Continue
I am steadfastly opposed to the very concept of the conspiracy theory. The world has no use for them. They only serve to conceal the truth, which is far worse than that. For example, Donald Trump, despite his pompous reality show presence, is actually only a hologram, the output of a computer virus. It is the latest variation of Go-Slobo, retooled and retrofitted from the computer program that was used to take over the former Yugoslavia. The provenance of the other Republican…Continue
I was sitting in the darkened auditorium at Kent, watching the weekend movie. I had no date, it was before Betsy, so it was probably my Junior year. I was feeling pretty burned out, and this weekend movie was a welcome escape. I think it was a John Wayne movie. One of the outlaws came up to Mr. Wayne when he was tying up his horse, and pushed him into the water trough. Wayne got up, picked up a piece of firewood, and hit the guy right in the face. That was a spectacular act of…Continue