My Blog

April 22, 2020

Go to our Local Ventura Poet's Group on Youtube to watch and listen to me read this poem, "Fresh Tree" from my book of poems, Dead Tree Elegies (available in my website bookstore).


April 22, 2020

             With much of our food and supplies coming to us in this our plague time through pickup and delivery, I’ve been reflecting on such activity in my early youth, in the 1940’s to be exact.

            With today’s mediated deliveri...

April 16, 2020

Viruses are neither living nor dead, but somewhere in between. As microscopic parasites, they need actual living material in a host cell for their genome or genetic program to replicate.1 Viruses may be older than living cells, may have spawned all sorts of evolutionar...

April 3, 2020

Freedom is the Recognition of Necessity—Philosopher Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831)


 Life Burdens  How are you doing today? I ask this in all sincerity since I ask myself that every morning. What I am aware of is my increasing stress from various problems, namely...

August 26, 2019

            I was doing my work out, walking up hills, puffing a bit, waiting to hear when my busted shoulder would get repaired—rotator cuff and partially detached bicep—when I told myself, wait a minute, I have shortness of breath, not referred shoulder pain. An echo...

March 23, 2018

Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb book of 1968 got me thinking then about how to refute his thesis that civilization would collapse in a few decades. What Ehrlich overlooked was the green revolution in agriculture that can feed many more people than one could imagine in t...

March 8, 2017

                  How come Americans cannot see through scammers like . . . . Donald Trump? Some of us want to credit his wacky self-infatuation as the very source of his wisdom and wealth—“I make great deals.” “I’ll repeal and replace Obamacare my first day in office....

June 1, 2016

            I have invited myself to your graduation to help celebrate your achievements so far and to look forward with you to the paths ahead. As a university professor I attended many graduation ceremonies and cheered on my own students and congratulated them and th...

January 1, 2016

Published in Fencepost: East Kern County    January 2016.

We're new to the area with a get-a-way house in your area. Young grandchildren and a long drive to another rural retreat made us look closer to our Ventura County home for...

December 17, 2015

             We’re continually instructed to open our hearts to old friends who are distressed, lonely, or ill. But could you shut up about yourself once in a while?  Why, as the golden years turn to gray, must you be ego-yapping all the time?  We are elders of the tri...

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