Monthly Archives: September 2013

Massaging the facts

I am awed and distressed at propaganda that envelopes us. Sure we recognize the obvious sales pitches: • The clerk pops your prescription pills into a paper bag festooned with an ad for a new medicine • The tennis champ’s … Continue reading

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Identity quest

It is a common quest, this search for identity. And I’m not an orphan. I knew my parents and grandparents. I should know who I am, right?

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Writing, discovery, meaning

A comedian wrote that, while she was writing her book, her house was at its cleanest. Pounding away at the keyboard, I try to avoid distraction from the dirty dishes and dusty floors. I stew and fret over my book, … Continue reading

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Have a doughnut

You know the routine. Homer Simpson is barely paying attention to his wife, Marge, and the cartoon bubble alerts us to his thoughts: Blah, blah, blah, blah. Homer perks up when he hears something that grabs his attention: Blah, blah, … Continue reading

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Rifle Report

I took a break from writing on the culture of science and American Indians with a retreat to a zen monastery in the Oregon countryside. Purpose was to clear my head and spend time with my beloved for an unplugged … Continue reading

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McGillycuddy and Crazy Horse

Today—September 5—marks the day Crazy Horse was killed at Ft. Robinson by William Gentles in 1877. Writer Larry McMurtry says that a scuffle broke out while Crazy Horse was being led through the fort, with Little Big Man restraining Crazy … Continue reading

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The Contrarian Sioux

I’ve had to release the notion that all Indians are community-minded. While anthropologists correctly note cultures are classified by their communitarian versus individualistic values, there’s plentiful evidence that indigenous folk have an independent streak. The Sioux, for example, tolerated individuals … Continue reading

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