Adventures in the Sleeping World

Last night I dreamt that I was driving on I-285 (the Atlanta Perimeter). I was on the outside loop heading toward the southwest, and just as I came to I-20 westbound (near milepost 10) the road suddenly entered a dark thick wood. Traffic ground to a halt, and well I could see why — on the various overpasses that connected the perimeter to I-20 stood dozens of abandoned, burned out cars. Indeed, several entire sections of one overpass was missing. On my side of the road only one lane was … [Read more...]

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to everyone. Let's take a moment and reflect on this day. I've always made a living using my mind, whether as a bookstore manager, wholesale purchaser, writer, editor, teacher, speaker, or spiritual counselor. I'm very fortunate to do so, and I try to remember that I stand on the shoulders of many ancestors and others who built the world we live in with the hard sweat of their bodies. Today, let's remember that no one is wealthy, or privileged, or successfull, alone — we … [Read more...]

Yet another guilty pleasure…

I have a weakness for comic movies about scoundrels. Waking Ned Devine and Saving Grace are two of my favorite films, the DVDs in my collection having been watched on multiple occasions (okay, so Saving Grace isn't really about a scoundrel, but the protagonist does a pretty scoundrel-esque thing in growing the largest marijuana crop in Cornwall. And she proceeds to fall in love with a first-rate scoundrel). And of course, there's Blues Brothers, and the Black Adder British television series... … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

"To put an end to the spirit of inquiry that has characterized the West it is not necessary to burn the books. All we have to do is to leave them unread for a few generations." — Robert M. Hutchins, The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education … [Read more...]

Just in From Washington…

Bush Announces New Initiative to Contain Threats from Mother Earth Declares Nature a Member of the Axis of Evil By ORAL FALWELL, Dissociated Press Writer (33 minutes ago) WASHINGTON, DC - Just over a week before the fourth anniversary of 9/11 and less than a week after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the White House announced today that President Bush, responding to the chaos in Louisiana and Mississippi in his trademark "take no prisoners" style, has declared that hurricanes, tornadoes, … [Read more...]