Semi-Thoughtful Musings is my first solo blog (I’ve had guest appearances as Blanket in my wife Barb’s wonderful Word Press blog, The Cancer Chronicles). Besides the random musings, I’ve also included a selection of poetry spanning many years, from my twenties until today. As a semi-retired human resources professional, dad, husband, former mental health worker, … More Welcome to S-TM
So I was watching the PBS series “America and the Holocaust” by Ken Burns and I was struck by a segment on Eugenics in the first episode. Basically, eugenics is designed to ensure that only those who are the most genetically “pure” or best will be allowed to procreate. It also assumes that those determined … More The Elder Chronicles: Eugenics, “Wrong People” and Um…?
Sixty-nine. I remember the first time I pondered the mysterious, supposed sex thing that was sixty-nine while my friend Bob Young and I were on the Breton Downs Elementary School playground. We were sitting in one of those huge cement cylinders that were meant for sewage systems, that some bright light thought might also be … More The Elder Chronicles: Sixty-nine.
Yep, Covid, in the form of the Omicron variant, has crept once more into my bloodstream, as if renewing a pandemic virus was somehow a renewal of our faith in the birth of the baby Jesus. So, you may wonder, how the hell can somebody get Covid twice? On successive Christmases? For someone who is … More Life in the Time of Corona: 2nd Annual Covid Christmas Edition.
August 19, 2021: One of many recent days that should be free from Covid … but isn’t. Let’s talk about freedom for a little bit. No, not freedom from want or fear. Not freedom from tyranny or oppression (although there are some who are touting this level of freedom so they can rant and rave … More Life in the Time of Corona: A Special F-You, I’m Really Kinda Mad About Some People’s Ideas About “Freedom” Edition
Thoughts and Prayers came out today, Called out again to come out and play. They danced a few jigs, and said a few lines, Then went back inside to wait for next time. Bullets and Bodies collided today, Same as before, day after day. Scattered the blood and mussed up the hairs, So everyone called … More Thoughts and Prayers
A Suessian take on some American crazy. The Kingdom of Q Deep in the mystical mountains of blue Sat a sad Kingdom: The Kingdom of Q. The Non-Q-y Kingdom that lived down below Had no way of knowing what Qs would soon show. Q dreamers dreams were more nightmares than most, With visions of vipers … More The Kingdom of Q
One of my favorite, but seldom heard Bowie songs. I’ve long wanted to match images with the lyrics. And then came January 6, 2021.
January 16, 2021: It’s been 10 days since a mob of violent men and women descended on the US Capitol Building, destroying property, threatening, assaulting (and killing) police officers, and fundamentally changing the way we look at the world (or at least America). I didn’t realize just how fundamental that change was until today. Because … More Whose Side Are They On?
So, let’s take stock of the amazing, bizarre and surreal events occurring in Wonderland for a second: Covid infections setting records every day. Check (although we apparently are still rounding the corner of an infinite circle that actually has no corners, just continuous, unending rounding). Orange Baby loses his second attempt to ruin Wonderland by … More Life in the Time of Corona, Election Edition
September 22, 2020: Day 190 of the multiple assaults that this relentless year has unleashed upon us. To paraphrase Pink Floyd, “I have become uncomfortably numb.” Where Have You Been? Yeah, I know. No one is asking me that. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a response, because I do! On the one hand, … More Life in the Time of Corona #24