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A Choice

I finished a book last night. A tale of fairies and dwarves, elves and men, driven to purge great evil. Their foes; vicious and foul. Creatures born of darkness, bent on abolishing the light. Heroic deeds abound, some with brave hearts die, others live. On final pages, I read of triumphant good, learning if we…

A Grand Adventure

On a cold November evening in 1969, I struck out on a cross country trek by making a small sign that read, “East”, stood on the corner of University Avenue and 6th Street in Berkeley. I had never hitchhiked before and only had $1.65 in my pocket, but was determined to see the country. Four…

Agnoscerrophobia

[Fear of Being Wrong; from the Latin, Agnoscere, meaning I acknowledge and Erro, meaning error or wrong. Suffix is from the Greek, meaning fear. There is probably a better word to define what may also be categorized as the stupidity of stubbornness, but until I find it, my made up word will have to suffice.]…

Animals on Parade

Anthropologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists have spent years attempting to discover what differentiates our species from all other forms of life. Growing up I remember hearing we were the only animal that can blush, stemming, I assume, from a unique brand of self-consciousness. At times I have read about our supposed singular ability to laugh or…