Category Archives: Religion

A capital city without a country


Depending on your definition and/or the resource(s) you cite, there are between 193 and 200 countries on Earth, each with its own capital city. There are also many individual states, provinces, and territories that contain capital cities. But to this … Continue reading

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“Odessa” – where dreams and nightmares collide


When I purchased the Kindle e-book Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams,  I was excited to learn more about the Russian and Ukrainian history pertaining to this famous seaport founded by Catherine the Great. Never did I ever … Continue reading

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Passing of the family torch


Today would have been my mother’s 88th birthday. She passed away last September after a long and difficult bout with Alzheimer’s.  While I miss her, my father, and my stepfather very much, probably the hardest reality to contend with since her … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth, goodwill to all


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The need for greed and more shit


Once again, retailers across the land will be expanding their hours on Thanksgiving Day in order to fill their need for more corporate greed and for the American public to satisfy its gluttonous need to accumulate more shit.  How sad … Continue reading

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How Liverpool shaped The Beatles


While I enjoy many songs by The Beatles, I tend to think of myself as more of a Rolling Stones man – music that is a little harder, edgier, and rugged. But, I too was (and still am) captivated by … Continue reading

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Weaving Durban into words – a marvelous urban anthology!


I cannot praise the book Durban in a Word highly enough. It is hands down the best collection of short stories and essays I have ever (ever!) read…and they are all about one quite amazing city and its residents – Durban (eThekwini), … Continue reading

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A disturbing example of role reversal


In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in the Citizen United case that corporations are “people.” More recently, I have seen and heard references to people as something other than “people.”  I have heard “units” utilized on a television commercial for … Continue reading

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The preamble of the Constitution as it is applied in 2012


A small dose of reality is provided below as the plutocracy continue to shape this nation in their twisted and self-serving image. – The preamble to the Constitution as originally adopted: “We the people of the United States, in order … Continue reading

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Not one penny more!


Until the current conservative-led government of Israel starts treating all of its citizens equally, stops building settlements in disputed areas, stops imposing its will and deadly force on the adjacent Palestinian territories, and agrees to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a legitimate … Continue reading

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