I seem to have been a stranger in a strange land all my life. Pretty sure I was put here by accident, or some sort of cosmic mischief. Maybe I’m just an anachronism, and I belong in another century. I have tried to make the best of it, through high…


If you were around in the 70’s, there’s a good chance you read Small is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher. It was largely about economies of scale and appropriate technology. Some of us saw it as a blueprint for survival into the 21st century.

“Right Livelihood — “Everybody would be…


the first rule is there are no rules. T H White The Once and Future King. if you're gonna read fantasy...


There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Biden’s fiscal policy … the Green New Deal … how we’re going to dig ourselves out of the hole that Reagan began and the Republicans have continued digging for forty years. …


The beginning of a handrail for my upstairs deck

What if we were fortunate enough to just work on what we see as important on any given day, creating value that improves our daily lives, rather than chasing money to pay someone else to do the same thing (often badly). Would that be more satisfying than, say, sitting in…


What’s in a name?

Jolly Roger

When I am uncertain about the origin of a word, the ultimate authority is Walter William Skeat, an Anglican minister and Cambridge professor, who assembled the philological foundation for the Oxford English Dictionary.

FILIBUSTER: a pirate, freebooter. (Spanish — French — Dutch) First use 1587; —…


How much money is “enough”???

Significant accomplishments in our American past by young people who had talent, energy, enthusiasm, and total commitment but who were without formal academic credentials are simply too numerous to record. We are so much under the spell of the new scholasticism that we often forget that the building of this…


We had the beginnings of a socialist society in the 30's, interrupted by a world war. The right's reaction to New Deal socialism spawned the likes of Dulles, Powell, Kissinger … manipulators behind the illusion of a democratically elected president. What we're seeing now has been decades in the making.


What a noble idea! Are you aware of Dimitris Pikionis' work on the landscape around the Acropolis?


Photo by Library of Congress on Unsplash

“Ask not what your country can do for you — — ask what you can do for your country.” — — John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Watching the footage from the Capitol Riot this past week, listening to the impeachment manager’s devastatingly effective prosecution, and finally reading the interviews with the Capitol…

michael langford

Carpenter: woodcarver with a bent for typography, music, poetry, good design & living well in peace and harmony. Un-apologetically Southern; literate…

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