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Chapter IV

From the dimly-lighted passages of the court, the last sediment of the human stew that had been boiling there all day, was straining off, when Doctor Manette, Lucie Manette, his daughter, Mr. Lorry, the solicitor for the defence, and its counsel, Mr. Stryver, stood gather… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2015 11:38PM

The House That Greed Built

Deregulation was the Name of the Game. The fuel that builds the fire that lives inside… inside the House That Greed Built; the fire that lights the House and burns the poor and leaves the dead to die alone and remain unburied outside the City, and gives theRead full post »

Chapter III
A Disappointment

Mr. Attorney-General had to inform the jury, that the prisoner before them, though young in years, was old in the treasonable practices which claimed the forfeit of his life. That this correspondence with the public enemy was not a correspondence of to-day,… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2015 11:28PM

And In God They Say We Should Trust?

They read our e-mails, our texts, our Facebook Page. They listen in to our phone conversations. They sort us by age, weight, height, sex, ethnicity, religious affiliations or lack thereof. They judge us by whether we can dance, cook, sing, lose weight, be interesting, and whether or not we are photog… Read full post »

Book the Second -- The Golden Thread

Chapter I
Five Years Later

Tellson's Bank by Temple Bar was an old-fashioned place, even in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty. It was very small, very dark, very ugly, very incommodious. It was an old-fashioned place, moreover, in the moral attribute… Read full post »

These are snippets from articles on Facebook. Some sites, like The Daily Kos, often carry petitions that can be signed with one click of the mouse.



A] Made it easier for firms to avoid paying healthcare.

B] Introduced… Read full post »

JANUARY 7, 2015 8:44AM

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Sunday morning came down to us with no promises.

At signs of first daylight the sky dropped and the rain and thunder tumbled out, wrapped in gray, and with  the wind, swept over the empty yards before us before coming to rest, exhausted, to seep, slow and alive,… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2015 8:30PM

Sleeping On the Train

I've never rode on a train in my life and didn't know that I was on this one until I woke up.

Vague remembrances of long-ago satisfactions, purer than happiness, drifted pleasantly into my mind.

  Listening to Procol Harum and blinking away sleep,… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2015 9:05PM

When Chalk Is More Valuable Than Gold

 First published on Open Salon on February 28, 2013


His father was a white man. His mother's name was Harriet Bailey, his mother's parent's names were Isaac and Betsey Bailey. His mother was taken away from him before the age of one. He never knew his mother as… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2015 7:04PM

A Tale Of Two Cities; Chapters V & VI

Chapter V
The Wine-Shop

A large cask of wine had been dropped and broken, in the street. The accident had happened in getting it out of a cart; the cask had tumbled out with a run, the hoops had burst, and it lay on the stones just outside the door of… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2015 8:01PM

What We Did On New Year's Eve

A ten-dollar, five-foot-tall Salvation Army Christmas tree stands in the corner of our frontroom, in front of the old ten-dollar Dollar General quilt nailed up to the door to keep the cold out. It stands between the futon, which sits in front of a wall-wide, floor-to-ceiling homemade bookcase loaded… Read full post »

[Originally posted at Open Salon in 2012]

It has become evident to me  that Open Salon means different things to different people. This is my idea of what Open Salon is and is not.

Is Open Salon a bureaucracy? [government run by officials].

I don't think so.

Is Open Salon,Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2014 2:40PM

On The Verge Of Obsolescence

[This post was originally published on Open Salon in 2012]

The expired plates on the car were less conspicuous, maybe, but still a source of concern, and driving without insurance an even bigger worry. And the car had been packed and stacked so high with stuff, that it was taller… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2014 5:28AM

Notes Nailed To A Door, Vols. 5 & 15.

Notes Nailed To A Door, Vol. 15


This, from the Dec. 15th, 2014 New York Times:

[Supreme] Court Rules For A Mistaken Police Officer

"WASHINGTON — A police officer can stop a car based on a mistaken understanding of/

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DECEMBER 26, 2014 4:34PM

Drawing the Line

Before I roll with this, here's a couple of simple rules that I always keep up front and center, and include them here as good advice: Never mistake patience for ignorance, and never mistake kindness for weakness.


When a friendship ends, sometimes an explanation is due, even if… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2014 2:20PM

A Tale Of Two Cities; Chapters III & IV

Chapter III
The Night Shadows

A Wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2014 12:23AM

A Tale Of Two Cities: Chapters I & II

These first two Chapters, from Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities, as well as much more [all free] can be found at The Literature Network:

Charles Dickens' works are all in the Public Domain, which means that they can be accessed online for free.


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This headline and excerpt is from CNN Money, February 1st, 2013:

Exxon Mobil profit is just short of record

Exxon Mobil just missed setting a company -- and world -- record for annual profit in 2012.

"The No. 1 U.S. oil company posted full-year earnings of $44.9 billion. While that… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2014 11:15PM

The Currency of Love

We took each other's hand, and we turned our eyes away on that enduring nightmare, travelled south across town on foot with no coats and nothing to keep us warm but our love for each other and a hope that the end of the world wasn't near. The streetsRead full post »

Changes fill my time, baby that's alright with me

In the midst I think of you, and how it used to be...

--Led Zeppelin, Ten Years Gone


The other day I got drunk and went over to YouTube again, to watch the Who do their anthem Baba O'Riley at The… Read full post »

 This is Part One of a transcript Of Robert Reich's 'Inequality For All'


"Economic fairness is, "the defining issue of our time, and what the millions..."

"This kind of gaping inequality gives lie to the promise that's at the very heart of America." Barrack Obama.

There is incomeRead full post »

  This is Part Two of a transcript of Robert Reich's 'Inequality For All'


Reich [narrative]: "Contrary to popular mythology, globalization and technology haven't really reduced the number of jobs available to Americans. These transformations have reduced their pay; it's not just… Read full post »

 This is Part Three of a transcript of Robert Reich's 'Inequality For All'


Reich: "The problem is, for the last three decades, nothing has fundamentally changed in terms of inequality. And it wasn't until the Clinton administration that there was an opportunity to reverse all of… Read full post »

Although dysfunction gets a [sometimes justified] bad rap, it guides my boat [I have no choice]. Of the beautiful contradictions inherent in dysfunction, I know of only two that grab me: If I miss, I miss with ignorance. But if I hit, I hit with an insight that is deeper than… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2014 4:15PM

The Christmas of 1492

The first Europeans strode through the salty shallow ocean waters off the coast of the island of Guanhani with dirty boots and dirty hands, and, with naked motivations and naked natives standing by, planted their flag in the warm sand in the name of God and Spain, and claimed the… Read full post »

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