THE SECRET LIVES OF THINGS 2

Previously… In my first installment of The Secret Lives of Things,  https://laserwraypublishing.com/2021/12/22/the-secret-lives-of-things/, I spoke of my passion for art and the stories which each item in my collection whispers to those with ears to hear. Last November I travelled to London to pick up a ceramic bowl by a talented artist named Ian Thompson, whose works don’t just…

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Green Turns to Brown

Watching aspirations blow away upon breezes of despair and I can’t help wondering where all the time went. Once I was young and the days stretched before me like the proverbial gold paved highway of opportunity. Yet the seconds ticked away and were carelessly spent. The days added up into years until… One day I awoke in fear,…

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The Sweet Spot

    “If you’re sad today, just remember that the world is 4.4 billion years old and you somehow managed to live at the same time as David Bowie.” Simon Pegg   Long Ago and Far Away My best friend and I often discuss how lucky we both were to have been born in 1960. We are united…

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America, Whither Goest Thou?

The Fall of Rome I’ve often wondered if the normal citizens of Rome realized that their civilization was on the verge of collapse before it finally came to pass. We’re told it was attacks by the Goths and Visigoths that precipitated Rome’s downfall but what if the mechanisms of state had their own demise hard wired into the…

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Overwhelmed

Interesting Times Most of us have heard the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” But I wonder if there has ever been a period of history when people weren’t living in interesting times. It is worth remembering that the grandparents of most Boomers lived through a savage epidemic, two world wars and a global depression. Nevertheless,…

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A long and Winding Road

A Most Consequential Meeting The main theme of Milan Kundera’s book, Life is Elsewhere, is the notion that the grass is always greener on the other side of the street. That is, that we might be happier someplace else instead of the place we actually are. I live in İstanbul but the circumstances around how I came to…

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The Mainstream Media

The Problem In the past few years, news media outlets of all sorts have come under increased attack concerning their reliability. Viewers and readers of the news on both the left and the right accuse the other side of presenting “fake news” which increases our suspicion of what is actually real or not. Of course, a lot of…

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HAVE I BECOME “THAT” UNCLE?

Another Spoiled Thanksgiving A common trope of comedians these days is the cliché of “that” uncle, a close family member who spoils family get togethers with extremist, usually right-wing views.  It doesn’t have to be an uncle though but could be any family member whose outpouring of raw, unfiltered, opinionated bullshit throws a monkey wrench into an ordinary…

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND CANCEL CULTURE

A Case of Poor Judgement It seems like not a day passes lately that we don’t hear a new example of how cancel culture is inhibiting the free exchange of ideas. Most recently, I learned of how Whoopi Goldberg had been censured by The View due to some misinformed statements she made regarding the Nazis’ view of race….

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Happy New Year?

  Overwhelmed by Bad News I am generally a positive person; that is, I choose to be positive because it seems much healthier than the alternative of negativism. Nevertheless, I am not a Pollyanna and my positive outlook is tempered by a great respect for science and realism. So at the beginning of 2022, after enduring the past…

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