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Cohen and Hayes

I’ve been reading Terrance Hayes’ American Sonnet for my Past and Future Assassin and listening to Leonard Cohen’s songs, particularly Hallelujah and Suzanne. Some of the sonnets are relentless, pedal to the metal all the way, though there’s always some breathing in them, between … Continue reading

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Gatekeepers

The gatekeepers have stopped the barbarians at the gate. They guard access to empty pews. The horde demanding entrance is empty too. Who are the gatekeepers for: botanicals (e.g. quinine) religious images (e.g. kachina dolls) recipes (e.g., chitlins, gumbo, pizza) … Continue reading

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Appropriate? or Appropriation?

Austin, TX is a “humid, sub-tropical” climate.  In my daily activities, the “strenuously casual” dress of where I came from Davis, CA. It is a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, so drier than here. My clothing is less appropriate here, but a suit, … Continue reading

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The Great Silence

At a writer’s retreat in a former convent, the leader, a Zen Buddhist practitioner, spoke of the Great Silence, a practice shared by many monastic traditions. Silence is observed by the whole community from dinner to breakfast the next morning. … Continue reading

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Slight Change of Direction

This blog has been anonymous for a number of reasons. Those reasons are going away or gone. I was a programmer who wrote on the side for forty years. I’m now swapping those. I wrote articles for computer magazines (e.g., … Continue reading

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It’s Really Old

I read widely and have heard various estimates of the age of the universe. Nearly 14 billion years. Big number. Numbingly big number. A recent Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), Where Your Elements Came From, shows the periodic table … Continue reading

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I Won’t Back Down

Well, I won’t back down No, I won’t back down You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down No, I’ll stand my ground Won’t be turned around And I’ll keep this world from … Continue reading

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URL Change Complete

The URL for this blog is now http://blog.zaml.us/. The old URL, http://austinblues.dyndns.org/, now redirects to the new URL. The old domain name will not be renewed and some time next year will stop working. Please update your bookmarks and RSS … Continue reading

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URL changing

The URL for this blog is changing from austinblues.dyndns.org to blog.zaml.us.  If one URL doesn’t work, try the other.  It takes time, probably up to a day for DNS changes to ripple all the way out.  When the new URL … Continue reading

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Responsibility Versus “Response-ability”

The dangers in taking on too much responsibility takes a long look at agreeing to too many responsibilities (obligations) and so limiting our ability to respond to what’s going on around us in our life. E.g., “I can’t go with … Continue reading

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