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Thursday, November 16, 2017


I am glad that ex-Mormon Rep. Jared Huffman has come out of the closet as a non-believer. So much blatant stupidity and Biblical manipulation by members of Congress disgusts me as a serious, left wing Christian. Huffman’s integrity as a non-believer pitted against 91 per cent of so-called Christians in Congress is refreshing. Many of these followers of Jesus, the healer, vote against health care for all. These Christians favor a selfish capitalist system that leaves a huge percent of Americans without food and homes. These Christians put money and profits before caring for the sick and the hungry. Getting more non-believers in government is probably healthy for us.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Here are two quips from the Sunday’s NY Times.

“I want to dance…or (hear) an indecent story….The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.” –Virginia Wolfe)(Times  Book Review 11/12/72 back page.)

Betty Tompkins, an artist says  “I became an overnight success at 72.”  (NY Times Style Section 11/12/17,  p.112)

Saturday, November 04, 2017


Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon
Harper Collins 2016

I was shocked to see that this book was published in 2016 and I did not find out about it until we had dinner with Beth and Robin New York on October 13, 2017.

Murder with humor should be the sub-title of this engaging mystery story. The plot and characters amuse entertain and kill or be killed. The very name of the hotel setting is Osqussoc Mountain Inn. That in itself is a tongue twister.

Maine, Long Island, Pennsylvania and Hollywood rattle the brain figuring out who does what to whom where and when. A woman is describes as so thin she looks made from bicycle parts. Another character wonders if they thought he was fully grown from the head of Zeus or Donald Trumpet. A woman says she worked at SaksFifthAvenue like it was one word.
The author describes one character as if his hands were folded in prayer and the possibility of punching someone.

Murder, arson, snakes, brutes, chefs, cops and good old country Maine people are shaken like martinis in a cool and exciting mix of intrigue and dialogue.

I loved it and Ann may give a try although she is not found of murder and police procedure. I can’t wait for the sequel.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Manhattan Beach by Jenifer Egan – I was very excited by the first half of this book. Egan write beautifully with detail and wisps of wisdom. The characters are thoughtful, well drawn and real. I could not wait to get on to the reading. The world of Brooklyn, the depression and the mob were gripping. She gives us soon a long complex essay on deep see diving and the dangers and the prejudice against women. Then there is section of one of the characters who has gone to sea and whose ship has been torpedoed. Then a switch back to how an untrained man goes deep sea diving with no previous experience. Then the absurd picture of a man surviving being tied up in chains, thrown into the river and surviving.

Egan won a Pulitzer Prize for her earlier book Goon Squad. She is no slouch of a writer and this book shows us that. But the absurdity of the plot makes me cringe. I have some more pages to finish Eagan’s book. I sure am disappointed.


America’s Unholy Trinity is
Militarism, Patriotism and Sports.
All depend on winning through power.

Christians see a cross that wins by losing.

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Hugh Heffner, the co-founder of Playboy Magazine, died recently. His magazine ministered to my voyeuristic needs.  He said, “I changed people’s attitudes toward sex. Nice people can live together now…. I decontaminated the notion of pre-marital sex.” Heffner was a strong advocate of First Amendment, civil rights, reproductive rights. An article in the SF Chronicle added that he published works by Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Doris Lessing and Vladimir Nabokov. The magazine published long candid interviews with Fidel Castro, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Jimmie Carter. He was not a feminist and was an exploiter of women. He was not an unambiguous important person.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


I get to know people by asking them questions about themselves. I learn about their spouses, children, work, vacations and interests. I note that some of my friends and acquaintances know little or nothing about me, my wife, children, vacations, values or interests. Are people embarrassed to ask questions or are they shy? Perhaps they don’t really care. What do you think? Does anyone else notice this?