Author Archives: rdavies

“Roget’s Thesaurus”(1962)

(the first thesaurus I owned in school) Below are subject-highlighted Roget words relative to positive and negative human qualities or character development. Words were grouped on obvious/majority number of sub-synonyms leaning toward positive or negative. Negative (These 87 qualities and … Continue reading

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A View as Large as Our Crazy World

(the author of the first modern novel about anarchists and terrorism) Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent is a far more modern and relevant book than any of his others. His understanding of evil, ‘chaos theory’, terrorism, agendas, madness, and anarchy … Continue reading

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Process, Context, and Choice

Our lives and any moments or situations you care to name are simply a combination and interaction of three things: process, context, and choice. Life and its many episodes consisting of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months is nothing … Continue reading

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A Zillion Processes

Give us this day our daily process/es. Our moments, hours, days, months, and years are made up of various processes we are part of or that we participate in. We are, at any given moment, at specific spots in these … Continue reading

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“I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For”

An Irving Berlin song in Holiday Inn (1942) is definitely a favorite self-defining song in my life. There is much that I look back on now that “stood me in good stead’ (as Glen Kirkland used to say) over the long … Continue reading

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Doctor Zhivago’s Window Revisited

(Mill Woods, January 11, 2019)

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Long an eclectic collector of books, videos, movie posters, and music,

I am also a collector of special coins and author stamps. Two examples herewith. “A Gift of Beauty” which features brilliant cherry blossoms was a must-have given how many times we’ve been out to Vancouver and Victoria in April. If … Continue reading

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Connected Consciousness

E. M. Forster’s “Only connect” is probably the truest two-word statement ever uttered. And one can connect on many levels: between oneself and others, between one and nature, and between one and any work of art, be it film, book, … Continue reading

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The Great Misassumption

The great misassumption is believing that other people will be here forever whenever we want to see or talk with them at our convenience.

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The Enemy of the People

is Trump. In Canada, it’s Trudeau.

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