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Solidarity with the Solitary: Bill Bradley and LIFE ON THE RUN

A version of this essay originally appeared in The Hudson Review (Volume XXIX, Number 3, Autumn 1976). I originally wrote the piece because I respected Bill Bradley’s basketball game, I admired his first book, Life on the Run, and I hoped he one day would enter professional political life. I’m now revising and posting the …

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Parenting In Our Time – 4: Family-Friendly Entertainment

Family Friendly Entertainment: Let’s Make Our Own An abridged version of this essay originally appeared in Technorati Women. Technorati Women [http://technorati.com/women/] recently convened an important conversation about finding online resources that provide responsibly stimulating programming for progressive families. The Problem We Face We all have learned how difficult it is to locate suitable family sites …

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The Disease of Conceit

There’s a whole lot of people suffering tonight From the disease of conceit – Bob Dylan The Tea Party/CNN Republican Presidential Debate was conducted on September 12, 2011. The Fox News/Google iteration followed on September 22nd. I’ve watched both contests again and again, always with fascination and sorrow. Fascination at the passion, pageantry, and predictability …

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My Books

My book-length study of Joseph Conrad’s genius, its sources, and its enormous significance in the modern moral imagination is available from Amazon. For a sample chapter and ordering information, please click the link below: https://www.amazon.com/Language-Being-Joseph-Literature-Personality/dp/0231039999/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1513610433&sr=8-6&keywords=joseph+conrad+and+the+literature+of+personality

The United States of Delusion

The vagabond who’s rapping at your door Is standing in the clothes that you once wore                                         – Bob Dylan The first New Hampshire Republican Party presidential debate will place on June 13th. This event marks not the beginning of the quadrennial U.S. national campaign: the campaign has been conducted intensely since the election of …

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Parenting In Our Time – 3: The Destination

This article was first published on Technorati as Parenting In Our Time Part 3: The Destination  on Technorati. It is the third essay in a series entitled “Parenting In Our Time.” Henry Kissinger once said the reason academics fight with one another so viciously “is precisely that the stakes are so small.” This is also …

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Parenting In Our Time – 2: Who Is Your Child?

This article was first published on Technorati as Parenting In Our Time Part 2: Who Is Your Child . It is the second essay  in a series entitled “Parenting In Our Time.”   It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement – that they seek power, success and wealth for …

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Parenting In Our Time

This article was first published as Parenting In Our Time on Technorati.   Introduction For more than forty years I’ve taught literature, history, consciousness, and writing as a senior teacher and administrator in major American and Asian universities, and in progressive preschools and schools. In part because of the subjects I teach, in part because …

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Animal Wisdom

We have a seaside cottage on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, British Columbia. We awoke early during the morning of March 6th, and as always we began our day by looking out our windows at the ocean below. For a long while we studied by eyesight and binoculars a sight we’d never before seen. It …

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And You Know That For Sure

Love is the answer And you know that for sure                                      -John Lennon, “Mind Games” On February 18th, Yoko Ono published at her own expense a full-page letter in the New York Times entitled Imagine Peace 2011. She framed her letter as a missive to humanity. She spoke in her voice for herself and on …

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