On Truth: Harry Frankfurt

On Truth: Harry Frankfurt

Why am I doing this? I’ve lied and the shame burns to this day.  Someone I’ve trusted lied to me; the injury heals as slowly as a gunshot wound. I’ve watched a grand deception unfold, its objective the death of millions, and contributed my share to its discovery and...

The Name of Things

  A childhood friend on Facebook recently called me a Republican.  On our playground sixty years ago, I would have pushed her into a snow bank. I was a ‘bully’ (as the girls daily named me).  But Republican?  She lives a thousand miles away. The grade...
Liars & Storytellers (3) (Background)

Liars & Storytellers (3) (Background)

“Life’s becoming better, sweeter,” the poster announces.  Deception begins with truth, however thin,  The Great Famine, 1931-32, witnessed 6-8 million Soviet deaths by starvation. Indeed, in 1934, when this poster appeared, life had gotten better....
Liars and Storytellers: The Project

Liars and Storytellers: The Project

Liars and Storytellers is a non-fiction book project, which examines…here we go… liars and storytellers. I know a great deal about them. Our generation as did our brothers’, uncles’ and fathers’ generations fought those who in the name of socialism...

Nobel Lies: Deception and working truth (5)

Noble lie, big lie and the ’cause’ P.T. Barnum, were he our contemporary, might now say, There’s a true believer born every minute. Nice people these true believers, our cousins, brothers, friends (plus that one gazing back at you from the mirror),...

Winter to Spring, Northern Wisconsin

March 14, 2015 Over the last several days the temperature has risen from -30F to +60F yesterday (well, +56F).  Nice. The snow this winter, three feet deep in parts of the tamarack plantation protected from wind, has melted to slush and water.  I had cut trails...