The Social Order, Editorial July 5, 2020

The Social Order, Editorial July 5, 2020

The Social Order, the Social Condition, and the meaning of ‘Social’ itself. The social definition is simple, whether determined by a dictionary in exotic detail or in seemingly understandable catch-phrases like ‘we are all in this together.’...
The Duke, Part Eighteen

The Duke, Part Eighteen

THE DUKE Part XVIII   Sunday took a long time in coming, as Darren lay in his bed, under a giant poster of the moon, carefully pinned to the wall above his head. The night had been long and filled with waking moments of terror. Terror that Jimmy might not make it back...
Coronavirus, COVID19, Reflection #82

Coronavirus, COVID19, Reflection #82

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic Reflection #82 Dateline: Lake Geneva June 27, 2020 Saturday morning, coming down. Lake Geneva is filled with people. There are no masks in sight, except for my own. There is social distancing but it’s down to about...
The Duke, Part Seventeen

The Duke, Part Seventeen

THE DUKE Part XVII It was difficult to get through the night, and then stay on to clean up the club after almost everyone else had left. Jimmy’s condition was unknown and Darren had no way to find out, except to go to Jimmy’s house and talk to his parents. Jimmy was...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #81

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #81

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic Reflection #81 Pay attention to what is instead of what things seem to be. The combined companies of Google and Apple, and then all the cell phone makers, forged an agreement to put a latent entry on everyone’s cell...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #80

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #80

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #80 June 22, 2020 Hawaii, and why the island of Oahu is important to you, even though you are not there. Hawaii held a prominent position in the Chicago Tribune newspaper this morning. The Tribune’s...
Reflection of the Past and Present

Reflection of the Past and Present

The Past and Present Flow Together I open chapter XVII of The Duke, set on Oahu in 1963, with the words: “The events of the past two days have so tossed my life atop a rough sea of confusion, accidental circumstance and indecision. Is it possible that I can...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #78

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #78

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic. Reflection #78 June 19, 2020   TRACERS. They are still coming, like a hoard of mosquitos in the night. By the time you hear them humming around you, it will be too late to take protective measures. Get a Faraday Bag...
The Duke, Part Sixteen

The Duke, Part Sixteen

THE DUKE Part XVI   Darren moved toward the Moana Hotel, using the hot sidewalk instead of the more protective cooler sand along the shore.  He’d left his flip flops in the car, but it had only occurred to him that he’d done so when he began his trek back to the...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #77

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #77

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #77 June 14, 2020 THE VERY NECESSARY PREDICTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS TO COME. Is it time yet to look ahead, through the glimmering haze of the rents in the social fabric, a fabric that has been ripped and torn apart...
John Bolton who? Editorial, June 12, 2020

John Bolton who? Editorial, June 12, 2020

John Bolton who? This guy, resigning from the White House in September of last year, was going to be a lightning rod of booming revelation, with respect to Trump’s wrongdoings. Oh, I forgot, there was the book he was writing. He had to keep silent while getting...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #76

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #76

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #76 June 12, 2020 The Coronavirus is very real. Covid-19 is right here, all over the place and it’s killing a lot of people, but it also came along and was used, and continues to be used, as an...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #75

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #75

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #75 June 12, 2020 Of course, the virus is back? What were you thinking? The racial protests are quieting and there’s no civil disturbance violence or looting to be covered. The mass media does not simply sit there...
The Duke, Part Fifteen

The Duke, Part Fifteen

The Duke Part XV   How had the cop known that Jimmy was a military brat, and therefore needed transport to the Naval Hospital at Tripler instead of Queens or some place closer and private? Why was the Army coming? And why were the cops acting so weird, like a...
It Is All About the Money…

It Is All About the Money…

All About the Money It is about the money. Where did it come from? First two trillion, and now three more. The gross revenue from all sources for the country was only 20 trillion. The total taxes collected in 2019 was 3.46 trillion. In 2018 it was 3.22 trillion. Where...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #74

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #74

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, and more Reflection #74 1. Trump. 2. The virus. 3.The shut down of the United States. 4.Minneapolis and all major American cities. What’s next? Our system of reporting the ‘news’ has decayed into this...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #73

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #73

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #73 Why have all the major news organizations, left, right and in the middle, all concluded that these protests/riots are the fault of one black citizen being murdered in Minnesota…and the general nature...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #72

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #72

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #72 June 1, 2020 So, did you think, when I predicted that an ‘ignition point’ would set off the violence, that I was kidding two months ago? You cannot shut down the economy without shutting down,...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #71

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #71

Journaling Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #71 May 29, 2020   POLICE WARRIOR TRAINING. What do you get, as a member of a social enforcement team or the team itself, if you decide that your million-strong combination of police agencies has 328,000,000...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #70

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #70

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #70 May 29, 2020 I have been writing exactly about what is going on in Minneapolis and other large cities across the U.S. right now. The Floyd George murder. It is not the murder. It is not about the black and...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #69

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #69

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #69 May 29, 2020 The testing sites in Wisconsin have fallen on hard times. Nobody is going to be tested anymore. What happened? Only a week ago the few testing sites were overwhelmed by cars lined up and people...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #68

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #68

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #68 May 26, 2020 Learning to deal with the depression of alienation. Without understanding the teachings and long, hard and controversial accumulation of social data leading to social conclusions, the...
You are My Sunshine, a Short Story

You are My Sunshine, a Short Story

You are My Sunshine In the nineteen sixties, the existence of a co-ed military high school, where air force uniforms were worn and military representatives came regularly to the school to advise and the lecture was uncommon. Such a school, however, existed on the...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #67

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #67

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #67 May 21, 2020 Only the Shadow knows… which is a line lifted from an old television/radio series back from when I was a kid. What is ‘shadowing’ and what does it portend for the coming...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #66

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #66

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #66 May 20, 2020 It’s about the money. And how to take advantage of making it in this strangely difficult time across this fractured and brutalized culture. Provide less and charge the same or more....
The Duke, Part Fourteen

The Duke, Part Fourteen

THE DUKE Part XIV   Jimmy headed the Corvair around the tip of Diamond Head, only slowing in an attempt to avoid deeper runnels of mud that had flowed down from the mountain and across the road, that had only occurred a bit earlier.  The mud, if it got on the Spyder’s...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Refelction #65

Coronavirus (COVID19), Refelction #65

Journaling Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #65   It begins. The mayor of Milwaukee let slip a little known and even and heretofore undiscussed element about the ‘voluntary quarantine at home’ situation. The word voluntary is always trotted...
Coronavirus (Covid19), Reflection #64

Coronavirus (Covid19), Reflection #64

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #65 May 18, 2020 THERE IS NO TOUGH LOVE. There is only love. Training, coaching, modeling, and helping people adjust to difficult or dangerous coming circumstances is not tough love. It is not love at all....
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #63

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #63

Journaling the Coronavirus (CIVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #63 May 16, 2020 What about the trillions? Yes, two trillion ($2,000,000,000,000) on the first ‘save the economic order’ go around, and now the proposed three trillion. Where has it gone and where...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #62

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #62

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #62 May 16, 2020 “Police are requesting your assistance in locating Tara Trunfio. Trunfio is wanted for violating the Rules and Orders for failure to quarantine. Trunfio is described as a 24 year old,...
The Duke, Part Thirteen

The Duke, Part Thirteen

The Duke PART XIII Jimmy and Darren rushed back to Jimmy’s house through the pouring rain.  The rain, To Darren, felt warm and comforting simply because they were nearly invisible when they were out in it.  No one in their right mind, or on a serious mission, could be...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #61

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #61

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #61 May 11, 2020 Here they come. A couple of months ago I first discussed the potential of the coming crisis affecting the very core values and mores of the American social condition. Here they come, that...
Coronavirus (Covid19), Reflection #60

Coronavirus (Covid19), Reflection #60

Journaling the Coronavirus (Covid19) Pandemic, Reflection #60 May 11, 2020 Airlines and Pandemic A year ago I predicted that the airlines would run into serious difficulties, all of them who currently serve America, formerly the largest and most profitable air...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #59

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #59

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #59 May 11, 2020 Hawaii. A primer for how not to enlist the support of the general public in responding to the effects (real and imagined) of the virus. Upon arriving in Hawaii visitors are quarantined for 14...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #58

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #58

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #58 May 9, 2020 What aren’t we being told? Well, the unemployment rate hit 14.9 percent today, according to the federal government. The greatest figure of all time was during the depression when it was...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #57

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #57

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #57 May 8, 2020 What a grand excuse this has become. The great Coronavirus excuse. If you want an example of this excuse then try calling Amazon. Guess what? Amazon no longer takes phone calls. Amazon sends you...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #57

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #57

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #57 May 7, 2020 These are the days, my friend, and I wonder if we are going to get to see a time in our future when they end. Brett Favre, the football star of the Green Bay Packers and honored by just about...
The Duke, Part Twelve

The Duke, Part Twelve

The DUKE Part XII The rain came the following morning.  Jimmie’s dad’s Corvair wasn’t going anywhere.  Although the convertible top seemed secure when the levers were pushed to hold the canvas and metal rod lattice work down securely, the pounding rain and wind of a...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #56

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #56

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection#56 May 6, 2020   When, when indeed? When is the American culture going to get its act together and begin to take action? Are we so divided and conquered that we cannot fix some of the outrages that have...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #55

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #55

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #55 May 4, 2020   The double down. Are states and medical professionals, the ones appearing on national television, doubling down on stay at home, masks, and business closures regarding the Coronavirus...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #54

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #54

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #54 May 3, 2020 Lake Geneva, WI The next step. Yes, six states have eased up on their ‘stay-at-home’ rules, and hopefully, more will follow in rapid succession. As I have attempted to illustrate in...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #53

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #53

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #53 May 2, 2020   They are starting to figure out the real effects of what they have done. They can’t say they were wrong to have so ‘over-the-top’ responded to the threat of the virus....
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #52

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #52

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #52 May 2, 2020 Quietly, very quietly, and only noted at the bottom of one of those thin columns in the New York Times, did the closure of the Jacob Javits Center in New York get done. The center had been...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #51

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #51

Journaling the Coronavirus (Covid19) Pandemic, Reflection #51 May 1, 2020   Every night is like the night before. There is no news except bad virus news. It is getting worse, it is staying the same, it has rising arcs, it will recede maybe and then come crashing...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #50

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #50

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #50 May 1, 2020   Masks and gloves are being heavily pushed for wear in almost all cases. Schools, when they open, will require masks to be worn at all times. Macy’s, the large department chain will...
Coronavirus (Covid19), Reflection #49

Coronavirus (Covid19), Reflection #49

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #49 May 1, 2020 According to the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune,  98% of the American public is fully behind the closures or stay at home policies applied in most states. Am I really in the money two...
Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #48

Coronavirus (COVID19) Reflection #48

Journaling the Coronavirus (Covid19) Pandemic, Reflection #48 April 29, 2020 When will the nation act after this is over? Will the nation finally figure out that an educational institution, like Harvard, that accepts sixty percent of its entrants as...
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #47

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #47

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #47 April 28. 2020 The first glimmerings of distant troubles, coming on the heels of the virus assault, and the assault on the public by fearful leaders to this disease. Testing and the immunity question....
Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #46

Coronavirus (COVID19), Reflection #46

Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #46 April 27, 2020 Was there not enough…I ask of God. Do you sometimes ask of God? That old adage, supposedly in the bible, but not really, “God will not give you a burden that you are not strong...