Election 2020, Revolution 2021

It has become impossible to go out into the world. The atmosphere is deadly. First there were droplets and aerosol carrying disease on the air. Then there were the fires, filling the air with smoke and dust. After months of…

When Harry Met Morrie

When Harry met Morrie it was 1969. They were two young men, both in their early twenties, both recently released from military service. Morrie was a Navy man while Harry had been in the Marines. Harry had been to Vietnam…

Commie, Get Out!

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services issued new (?) policy guidance regarding inadmissibility based on membership in a totalitarian party. It specifically designates “the Communist Party,” as if there is only one, as “inconsistent and incompatible with the Naturalization…

Life Under Lockdown

With people locked in their homes and all but a few designated businesses closed, the economy slows down so fast people think it’s stopped. It is the great paradox of relative motion. Normally we are all moving along on the…

Life is Cancelled

People went to the parks, so the state closed the parks. People went to the beaches, so the state closed the beaches. Then it turned out they couldn’t close the beaches, so they closed the parking lots that surround the…

Whiskey Charlie Lockdown

There are so many ways to keep in touch these days. It’s a wonder people aren’t closer. It used to be in the old days you didn’t see someone for days or weeks, you had to call them, or wait…

Shelter in Place

A statewide shelter-in-place order has been issued by Governor Newsom. “All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands,…

School’s Out (Forever?)

Over 5.7 million California children — more than nine out of 10 public school students — have been sent home from school. Coronavirus concerns of panicky parents, anxious administrators, and troubled teachers led numerous school districts to cease operations. It…

Pandemic

On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It’s the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 “swine flu” in 2009. In response, the governor of California declared mass gatherings verboten.…

Daylight Savings (House on Fire)

Daylight Savings Time has been controversial since its inception. People do not like it when you mess with time. The clock in the head must match the clock of the day or else one risks madness. There is no time…

The Happiest Day

There is a plague in China. The New York Times reports: Fear of Virus Ruins the ‘Happiest Day’ for Millions of Chinese. In Wuhan, the city at the center of the epidemic, Lunar New Year celebrations were subdued while residents…

Breakfast Apocalypse

It is always the end of the world these days. Everyone is apoplectic. No one is apologetic. It used to be that the end of the world would come and go like the tide but it’s everywhere these days like…

Finish the Story

It was Tuesday and I was walking along Hollywood Boulevard when this woman approached me. Her skin was pale and her face so caked with cosmetics she could be the walking dead and no one would notice. She was wearing…

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Material days were long and hot, but that is summer. Farmers and others who work by sunlight praise the season. It is a vacation from school for children all over America, and so their numbers in public spaces tends to…

The Art Spirit

Art school was often about hanging out with other art students, smoking cigarettes and drinking beer, and usually talking or arguing about art, philosophy. or music. Most artists listen to a lot of music. Nobody paints in a quiet studio.…