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Coyote’s Farewell

Coyote’s Farewell     Rosa Maria Hernandez is 10 years old. She has cerebral palsy. Her parents brought her to Laredo when she was 3 months old, so she could have the best chance of health care. This past October 24th she … Continue reading

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On the Bus

On the Bus (dedicated to Amelia, who likes buses too)     A bus is a great big thing that picks you up, takes you places, then brings you back — cheaply. I’ve taken them all across the country, and I’ll tell … Continue reading

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TRUMPENSTEIN

TRUMPENSTEIN; or, the Post-Modern Profanity    Thunder cracked in the heavens, while lightning lit up the sky and the earth below. Yes, a dark and stormy night. In a laboratory at a secluded mansion, political scientists worked feverishly. They called themselves … Continue reading

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Junk Food Planet

Junk Food Planet     As if we needed more bad news about the environment, two new developments show that things are even worse than we thought. You know how climate deniers like to say that the more CO2 in the atmosphere, … Continue reading

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Agent of Chaos

Agent of Chaos     To say the first eight months of the Trump presidency has been a little chaotic, is like saying Hurricane Harvey dropped a little water on Houston. It’s been fairly obvious. Last August CNBC polled some 13,000 business … Continue reading

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Reimagining Great American Literature

Reimagining Great American Literature [Note: Plays are generally considered literature, as they can be read. Film scripts are not, because their primary purpose is a directive for a single filming. That may seem like a distinction without a difference, but … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech: What It Is, and Isn’t

Freedom of Speech: What It Is, and Isn’t     There’s been a lot of talk lately about freedom of speech, and some confusion about what that really means. To begin with, let’s look at that relevant portion of the First Amendment: … Continue reading

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No Free Mulch! Gardening by Conservative Principles

No Free Mulch! Gardening by Conservative Principles (dedicated to Phil, my own personal Chauncey Gardiner)     Every year I plant a small vegetable garden. It’s just a small patch, 5’ by 15’. It’s more effort than what I get from it, … Continue reading

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This Is Your Brain on Clickbait

This Is Your Brain on Clickbait Click here to continue to article.     It was about 20 years ago that we found out tobacco companies were adding ammonia to their tobacco to increase the prospect of addiction. When it’s smoked, nicotine … Continue reading

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Donald Trump — a Shakespearean Tragedy

Donald Trump — a Shakespearean Tragedy (This one’s for some friends who really know their Shakespeare: Janet, and Gina & Dennis)     Last spring there was quite the kerfuffle about a Shakespeare in the Park version of Julius Caesar, with a … Continue reading

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