Tag Archives: United States

Highway Anthropology

I have just returned from a 3,000 mile trip to catch fish.  I drove 1100 miles to a friend’s house, from where I rode another 650 miles to an outfitter and back, and then another 1400 miles as I visited more friends on the way home.  At such distances, a couple hundred miles no longer […]

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Men’s Liberation

Men are an oppressed gender.  I can use statistics as proof, and statistics do not lie.  Men die, on average, five years younger than women.  They are more likely to kill themselves, as well as other people.  They suffer higher rates of heart disease, cancer, and mental illness.  Men are a mess and it’s not […]

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Living In Oz

Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said, “The flag is moving.”   The other said, “The wind is moving.”  A sage happened to be passing by. He told them, “Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.”  – a Zen koan Freud said that society is a universal human fantasy.  The nations, […]

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If It Walks Like A Duck

In 2012, the United States will spend more than $1 trillion on the defense department and war.  We spend more on the military than we do anything else in the federal budget.  The 2012 allocation for education is $77.4 billion, or approximately 7% of what we splurge on defending ourselves.  Cancelling the space shuttle saved […]

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The Other American Dream

My first job teaching in a community college was in a small North Carolina farming town.  The entire public school district was housed in single building, and I taught college level religion, sociology, and psychology courses to the juniors and seniors.  Added together, there were about twenty-five.  The district was so tiny that teachers knew […]

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Spiritual Chiropractics

Whenever I start to take myself too seriously, which seems to be a daily hazard, I head out to look at some mountains.  For the last few years, that has meant a short trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to bask in the aura of the Smokies.  Craggy crests and ridges bathed in blue haze […]

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It Takes A Neanderthal

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals.  You know why?  Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply.  They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that.  […]

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American Romantics

In case you’ve lost track, there’s less than a month until February 14.  You might want to get that box of chocolates while supplies last.  By the time Valentines Day is done, we’ll spend more than $14 billion on cards, candy, flowers, and dinner.  The tab for the average American will scan in at $100+. […]

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Storage Nation

Seven square feet of commercial storage space now exists for every American.  That’s nearly a quarter of a five-by-five self-storage unit for each man, woman, and child in the U.S., or one whole unit for each average family, or over 2 billion total storage square feet nationally, whichever number makes you more queasy.  I can’t […]

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Casualties Of A Different War

My father grew up on a small, family dairy farm in upstate New York.  He would get out of bed at four in the morning, milk cows, deliver milk, and then go to school.  I have a few old milk bottles imprinted with the label of Dann’s All-Star Dairy. That was back in the 1930s.  […]

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