Author Archives: Jeff

Uncertainty Prayer

Two weeks ago, I was tested for the SARS-CoV2 virus. The test came back positive with the caveat that they were seeing 10% false positives. I had no symptoms at the time. Now, 15 days after the initial test, I … Continue reading

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Textual vs. Graphical

I’m a visual learner. I’m more likely to remember something if I see if, text or pictures, than if I hear it. If I encounter a podcast, I look for the transcript. Occasionally, I’ll listen to the podcast if I … Continue reading

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Finding Beauty in the Shattered

Today the package arrived with a framed drawing by a very talented niece. The package rattled. Not good. Opening it carefully, this is what we found. A metaphor for our times, how to find the beauty amidst the dangerous shards.

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Nick Cave: What are your plans for the corona pandemic?

Nick Cave (of the Bad Seeds) writes a blog, The Red Hand Files, answering questions from readers, usually several at a time. I don’t know his music, but I like how he thinks. I’m writing an essay on “How I’m … Continue reading

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COVID-19: It’s Personal

On Monday, June 22, I received a positive test for the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease. I had no symptoms, but my brother was coming through town and wanted to visit. Usually he stays with us. Is this safe? … Continue reading

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One of my principles of research is that if it doesn’t show something you don’t expect, the experiment is poorly designed. If I’m in a bad mood, I’ll say that you weren’t (or I wasn’t) doing research, just trying to … Continue reading

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Tejascovido => Langdon Review of Arts in Texas

Langdon Review Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival that takes place the first Wednesday thru Saturday after Labor Day. This year, the festival was canceled due the COVID-19 shutdown in Texas. They approached Laurence Musgrove and offered to … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Austin Public Health

Austin Public Health has made available their dashboard tracking how the medical care facilities (hospitals) are handling the serious cases. Short story, both Austin and the surrounding area are coping well. Both the Austin and the Travis County sites are … Continue reading

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How We Broke the World: Black Elephants

As I look back over the last 20 years, what all four of these global calamities have in common is that they are all “black elephants,” a term coined by the environmentalist Adam Sweidan. A black elephant is a cross … Continue reading

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Failed Haiku: ‘Morning after the election’ and ‘The pursuit’

Two of my haikus were published in the May issue of Failed Haiku on page 35.

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