10 Books in 10 Days Challenge, Day 6

1984 by George Orwell Today’s newspaper’s Entertainment Section spent an entire page dedicated to explaining the new Disney Channel “stream” that will begin in November. I only glanced at the schedule, but noticed the entry, “The World According to Jeff Goldblum, a series in which the actor explains everyday stuff. Need we say more?” Need they say “more”? They need to say ANYTHING better than that … “stuff”? … Continue reading 10 Books in 10 Days Challenge, Day 6

The Ten Meaningful Books Challenge: Day Five

Walden Two, by B.F. Skinner (Published 1948) I think all people dream about a better world. I think most people would describe that better world in similar ways, following similar moral characteristics — a world of peace, a world of abundance, where justice and fairness are the rule, and all peoples are free. I think of the hippies and their search for a way of … Continue reading The Ten Meaningful Books Challenge: Day Five

Ugly Beauty: Las Vegas Is Its Church

Las Vegas exemplifies the current mindset in the USA and that of its acolytes world wide.  It seems cliché to use the words greed and corporate capitalism, but regrettably I must – there are no substitute words.  This is a city founded by gangsters , but not just Bugsy Siegel.  After the original settlers came, the Paiute Indians were run off, and the conquistadores ran … Continue reading Ugly Beauty: Las Vegas Is Its Church

Ugly Beauty: Temptation in a Desert

Las Vegas, like everything , has morphed – not changed, but morphed.  The days just before my 1st visit, when the Rat Pack and Wayne Newton plastered the marquis rather than Celine Dion and a septuagenarian Cher, were the golden era of people who were adventurous. Hoping for adventure, they came for a few days to live their lives the way they saw people live … Continue reading Ugly Beauty: Temptation in a Desert