Steve McEllistrem

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Dear Id

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The certitude of your betrayal Outrages my soul Overwhelms my infinite capacity for hope For a brief time As I contemplate how idiotic Your actions and opinions always were. I wonder how anyone can attain Such an advanced age Hold … Continue reading

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The Slow March of Truth

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For most people, facts still matter. But for a few of us, they no longer do. Why? One problem is the easy access of information and misinformation on the Internet. When you can open your phone or computer and search … Continue reading

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Progress for Progress’ Sake

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Newton’s third law of motion says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is true for progress too. Every time we move forward, part of our society moves backward. What I mean by this is … Continue reading

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Summer in the City

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I live not in the heart of the city but rather an inner ring suburb – relatively close to the downtowns and yet with a lawn that contains a few trees beside a small lake that’s more accurately described as … Continue reading

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My Garage, My Driveway

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When I first moved into my home, there was no garage, only a small shed for storing tools and my one-human-power reel lawnmower. The previous owners of the property made do for nearly thirty years parking on the street or … Continue reading

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All People Are Gray

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We’ve been fighting racism for what seems like forever. Now we’re dealing with nationalism. Those people (those others) aren’t like us. They don’t have the same values and they don’t want the same things. This attitude drives our perceptions of … Continue reading

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Love Is Not Enough

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The Beatles sang that All You Need Is Love. The Bible says to “abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” And Virgil wrote: omnia vincit amor – love conquers all. We tend to believe … Continue reading

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Rationalizations and Potato Chips

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We rationalize our actions every day. We explain to ourselves why we acted impulsively in order to make sense of the world because we don’t want to admit that we have no idea why we just did what we did. … Continue reading

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A Meditation on Weeding

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We all want the big score, even in small things. For example, we like to plant flowers or vegetables, and we want to harvest them for our table, but we don’t really want to do the little work – the … Continue reading

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Living Longer May Not Be So Great

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Bristlecone pines are the oldest trees in the world, some of them around 5,000 years old. But clonal colonies – groups of genetically identical individuals – can survive much longer than that. One such colony of quaking aspen, nicknamed Pando, … Continue reading

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