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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 710 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 30, 2015 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment


I don’t like to get too personal in my blog, but here it goes.

On this Christmas Eve, I’m reviewing the year and it hasn’t been very good.  First a divorce, and now my best friend is dying.  I’m trying to stay positive but it’s hard.  Then I watched once again this video.  The little girl is my great niece and the death they mention was my sister.

I wanted to share this video to show that there is still good in the world.  Hope and kindness still exist.s


December 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm 2 comments


My input has been lacking of late.

This is the month of contemplating the coming year, the future.  Also, the time of remembrances, both mellow and hurtful, but they exist and their call must be met.

I have so many thoughts I want to offer you, both about writing and life.  Next year I will do my best to meet this goal.

Finally, no matter what holiday you celebrate this month may it be full of joy and laughter.

December 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment


As predicted, here I go off subject, but current events force me to speak.

I’ve been considering this piece for some time.  The recent outrage in Paris has spurred me on to put pencil to paper and fingers to keyboard.

My thinking on this article began by considering the Japanese kamikaze pilot, of course, the current wave of suicide bombers followed.  The Japanese were also known for their fanatical charges with little hope of success.  I’m a World War II nut and am fairly certain I relate facts.  The Japanese culture, at that time, was that suicide was preferred rather than accept defeat.  That is why, with the dropping of the atomic bombs, lives on both sides were saved.

On a side note, I once read an article about the birth of the Japanese kamikaze idea.  The concept was suggested by a Japanese soldier.  I don’t remember if he was a pilot, but probably was.  Then, during the 1990’s, someone recognized this same individual sitting on a park bench.  Apparently the suggestion of self-sacrifice was not followed by action.  I mention this, for I feel the idea of self-destruction is instilled in the weak with no future, and through manipulation, no choice.

I remember learning that during World War II, the American public could not understand or relate to the concept of an organized approach to suicide.  In war, heroics cost the soldier his life when their backs are against the wall.  But the concept of voluntarily committing suicide, to make a point is not present in our thinking.   However, that attitude, in some societies and political groups exists today.  We have become numbed by the almost daily report of suicide bombers doing their deed somewhere in the world.

We are now confronted with a world where men, women and even children are sent to their deaths.  Manipulated to take their lives by those with an agenda of hate masked by religion.

I thought about this topic a great deal, as I’m sure many of us have.  How could an individual’s world, with no threat immediately present, be hopeless enough to choose to leave it?  How cheap is the value of a human life to those who have an agenda requiring the spread of terror?


December 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment


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