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I didn't get the memo
Pardon the shortness of this diary, but at this stage of my thinking I'm still struggling for the right words. I have been thinking about, and somewhat troubled by, the implications of ...
bisleybum 05/20/2015 5 8 - -
Civility and The Religious Freedom Reform Act
In response to sharing the link to First they came for the Gays, by Arrogant Ape the following dialogue took place. One of my progressive friends in another state followed along, liking the ...
bisleybum 03/28/2015 13 2 - -
I have just won the most important battle of my life.
I have had to overcome a potentially crippling handicap that had me doubting my own sanity. It has been a religious dark night of the soul with an all too real physiological origin. It has also been ...
bisleybum 03/22/2015 29 30 - -
Just Politics
I can't count the number of political discussions I have had with my son that have ended with the agreement that "It's just politics," whether it concerns the lack of substantive difference between ...
bisleybum 03/10/2015 3 - - -
Cassandra Has Left The Building
This past week I had the good fortune to watch an extraordinary documentary film feature entitled Expedition To The End of the World . This film drew together several environmental concerns, and ...
bisleybum 02/26/2015 2 5 1 -
Trekking To The End Times
Planning my summer vacation, I am, and this year it's going to be something a little different. I had previously reported on last summer's adventures on these pages, involving sailing and single ...
bisleybum 02/23/2015 6 7 - -
No Country For Old Men?
This is not a gbcw diary to the dkos community. It might be a gbcw diary to the country i was born and grew up in, though, because I no longer recognize it. I'm not holding on to a Norman Rockwell ...
bisleybum 12/17/2014 18 9 - -
Something Different
A moment of zen, it felt like, though perhaps for many here it will readily identify me as a belaborer of the obvious. I've been told that before, and I'll own it. It's Saturday afternoon, December ...
bisleybum 12/06/2014 3 2 - -
The Meaning of Life
The 1960's were a turbulent period in our nation's history, especially if you were a student at the time. The events cascaded through the months, and given the already present polarization over our ...
bisleybum 10/24/2014 7 5 - -
Is The Fuse Already Lit?
We ignore the past at our own peril. We must learn from history. Are we approaching this nation’s own Soweto uprising? Our own Sharpeville massacre? Do the work and look these up. It’s all too ...
bisleybum 08/29/2014 12 5 - -
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Dear Miss Mackie, It has been a long time since I have last reported to you in class as to the peregrinations of my second grade summer; an oral classroom report, if I recall correctly. No ...
bisleybum 08/09/2014 6 3 - -
The Second Crucifixion
Are we a stupid species? Much has been written about climate change denial, the inability to hear or process data, turning off when you hear numbers, and the psychological process of denial itself.
bisleybum 07/26/2014 8 3 - -
Secret Plots In Our Midst
Okay, Facebook participated in a massive experiment to manipulate the feed content of users to observe the response to emotionally laden posts. This information came from An extremely reliable ...
bisleybum 07/14/2014 4 2 - -
Reconnecting
Do rocks have memories? Do they remember an afternoon when seven year old boys clambered barefoot over sun warmed granite slopes covered with dried and brittle lichens that scratched and ...
bisleybum 06/28/2014 10 8 - -
Thinking About The Unthinkable
I must admit at the outset a debt of gratitude for Kossack diarist tsackton and his piece Human Extinction: Reputable Scientists Now See It On Horizon based on the technical paper “An ...
bisleybum 06/13/2014 73 49 6 -
The Girls of Summer
My granddaughter’s fast pitch softball team won their regular season last week with a record of 12 and 2. They lost the playoff championship in a hard fought match with the regular season runner up.
bisleybum 06/09/2014 13 23 - -
On the Monsanto Radar
Gearing up for Saturday’s March Against Monsanto, and already some of the opposition’s false flag operations are popping up on our local march Facebook page, in the form of a tin foil hat ear ...
bisleybum 05/19/2014 2 13 1 -
Antiquities Update
After signing a petition to our congress critter re: H.R. 1459, I received the following reply. A form email surely, but at least a reply. Since the bill did pass the House and will be sent to the ...
bisleybum 04/03/2014 5 - - -
Unheeded Lessons From The Past
My better half and I were watching Warren Beatty’s Reds on Netflix the other night, and as our marvelous wireless society so often tempts us, we downloaded Ten Days That Shook The World by John ...
bisleybum 03/29/2014 1 1 - -
Hostages To Fortune
This year will witness the thirteenth anniversary of the destruction of the towers of the World Trade Center. For some, and perhaps most, the memories are still painful, if not exactly fresh. It ...
bisleybum 02/04/2014 1 2 - -
Descendants In Space
Two evenings ago I watched with excitement at the test flight of Richard Branson’s Spaceship Two, the private Virgin Galactic spacecraft that will later this August, hopefully, take Branson and ...
bisleybum 01/12/2014 6 7 - -
Philosophy! F*%# Yeah!
I periodically reread some of the classic and formative articles that set me on the meaningless path of the higher mind. You always remember your first, as they say, and so I remember Russell’s On ...
bisleybum 01/06/2014 2 - - -
Field Notes On The 2013-14 Flu Season
We seniors tend to take influenza a little more seriously than most, if only because we are a demographic group at a higher risk of succumbing to complications. This season has attracted my notice ...
bisleybum 12/29/2013 16 12 - -
Josie's Hollow
Master Josie, Greetings to you on the far shore. Leave the woodchucks alone down in the mud flats, but of course I know you won’t. Yes, it was funny at the time. All is forgiven. All the best, ...
bisleybum 12/17/2013 3 5 - -
The Path To Nowhere 5: Legacy
My long walks with Josie grew into longer hikes in the Smokies, and the mountains, too, had things to teach me. First and perhaps most of all, patience. You’re here to see things, not to get to ...
bisleybum 12/12/2013 1 1 - -
The Path To Nowhere 4: Dispatches From The Front
Weeks after the tragedy I made himself go down to my son's basement bedroom. I didn't know what I'd feel, but I knew I'd have to do it. I didn't know what to expect emotionally. What I discovered ...
bisleybum 12/05/2013 7 18 - -
The Path To Nowhere 3: Dog Walk
A year after the death of our son, and after over a year of dog walks, the voices in my head, the self-doubt and questioning, began to recede. Perhaps it was fatigue, or the realization of the ...
bisleybum 11/28/2013 16 45 1 -
The Path To Nowhere 2 : The Weight Of Reason
[Random journal entries, covering a period from November 2004 to roughly 2006. At first I thought it would promote some form of spiritual healing. I also thought that it might keep my emotions from ...
bisleybum 11/21/2013 13 15 1 -
The Path To Nowhere : Genesis
I understand the question. It's always asked with sympathy and concern. It's not that I take it the wrong way. It's that there is no right way to take it at all. It seems an outrageous question to ...
bisleybum 11/15/2013 28 54 - -
Rant Mode
With friends like Bill Clinton, who needs enemies? That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I heard the former President call on President Obama to keep his pledge that no one should ...
bisleybum 11/12/2013 7 6 - -
What Is To Be Done
I only wish I had something deep to say about the famous title, whether the work by Tolstoy or Chernychevsky, but it is phrase that crosses everyone's lips often in the course of our daily lives. ...
bisleybum 11/11/2013 5 10 - -
The Ancient Order of Grandfathers
Last month, as my granddaughter’s seventh birthday approached, I awarded myself an honorarium certificate commemorating seven years of membership in the Ancient Order of Grandfathers, printed in a ...
bisleybum 11/05/2013 3 2 - -
The Legacy of Willis Harman
This must serve as an introduction to a larger project of mine, for which I have been gathering data for some time. Primary sources and citations will appear in diaries to follow over the next ...
bisleybum 11/04/2013 1 2 - -
Holy tears
Sometimes I go on theological toots. I come by it honestly, having spent two years in a Benedictine seminary pursuing an M.A. related to pastoral counseling. In one of my courses we used a text ...
bisleybum 10/30/2013 10 5 - -
Madame Renee Looks Into Her Crystal Ball: or, Kabul Redux
Along the airport highway leading from Knoxville, Tennessee, south to the bedroom community of Maryville, there was for many decades a fixture known as Madame Renee’s Fortune Telling, looking just ...
bisleybum 08/22/2013 7 - - -
We are truly on our own
All governments keep secrets from the people they represent/lord over. Is acknowledging that governments keep secrets a conspiracy theory in and of itself? If so, then I've figured out the ultimate ...
bisleybum 06/30/2013 2 5 - -
Mistaken Mandela Obit
A friend on Facebook posted an announcement of Nelson Mandela's death today. The source was Deutsche Welle news in Germany. DW has since retracted the announcement with the caveat that it was "...
bisleybum 06/14/2013 1 - - -
Nothing To See, Folks, Move Along
Earlier in the day I saw mentioned on a Millions Against Monsanto site the likelihood that the mainstream media would not give coverage to said event. I thought to myself, hmmm, that sounds about ...
bisleybum 05/25/2013 3 2 - -
I Ain't Marching Anymore
Looking back, I remember the campus moratorium in 1970 after Kent State. My wife and I carried signs and helped organize. I carried a candle in front of the White House protesting the Bach Mai ...
bisleybum 03/11/2013 9 4 - -
A Public Service Announcement
Everybody past a certain age remembers this iconic image of “Chief Iron Eyes Cody” who represented the television face of the fledgling environmental movement in the early seventies. No matter ...
bisleybum 03/10/2013 4 5 - -
Be well, Bhagavan...
If you asked me when I first realized that there was something bigger outside than my own little world, I would be tempted to recall a seven year old camping on a rocky island in Ontario gazing at ...
bisleybum 03/09/2013 11 9 - -
Bisley Channels Andy Rooney
The wonders of social media and the internet never cease to amaze me. I was watching a youtube video on my archaic Blackberry this past Sunday. It was of Chelsea Williams, the Chevrolet / ...
bisleybum 02/18/2013 2 - - -
A National Caution
I think this country we call the United States is in such a state of current disunity that we have reached a point that is more dangerous than any time I can remember. That would include the year ...
bisleybum 01/31/2013 5 1 - -
Conversation With An Absent Atheist
My favorite atheist is out of town for the rest of the holidays, and in her absence, Diotima my muse, let me know if I am losing it, this day after Christmas, due to family stress, separations, ...
bisleybum 12/27/2012 25 1 - -
Dialogue In An Empty Room
The title of this diary was changed because, although satire of an angry sort, it reflected what I see now was a cavalier attitude. Nevertheless, saying that gun rights and the right to artistic ...
bisleybum 12/15/2012 4 1 1 -
Prayer For Children Everywhere
Just about everyone we know has children, and most of them are holding their children a little closer and tighter tonight. I offer this prayer I have been using as my primary prayer for years below ...
bisleybum 12/14/2012 1 1 - -
Reinventing The Wheel: The Farce That Is The War On Drugs
I understand the question. It's always asked with sympathy and concern. It's not that I take it the wrong way. It's that there is no right way to take it at all. It seems an outrageous question to ...
bisleybum 12/03/2012 5 13 1 -
Environmental Ethics Circa 2050
While doing a google search for a neo-Kantian ethicist whose name I couldn’t remember ( it turned out to be Christine Korsgaard, which is neither here nor there except for you Kantians out there ) ...
bisleybum 11/29/2012 1 1 - -
Exquisite Moments and Very Small Things
Our dishwasher is broken. It has been broken for almost a year. I prefer it that way. Dishwashing by hand is a very meditative activity. A couple of months back I was in the kitchen finishing up ...
bisleybum 11/21/2012 7 7 - -
Child of the Zeitgeist
One of many great lines in Tony Kushner’s award-winning Angels In America comes early on in a scene where Louis is addressing Joe Pitt on a park bench and wonders aloud “ I wonder what it’s ...
bisleybum 11/18/2012 12 25 1 -
Personality and PTSD
The day I turned 60 the warranty on my body ran out. I’d planned a summer trip to visit my brothers in Washington State and then climb Mount Rainier while I was out there. I had climbed ...
bisleybum 11/17/2012 38 20 - -
haiku and climate change
down the path this misty summer morning silent hooves The above little ditty is one of the results of my having a bit of fun lately with the haiku genre. It refers to an actual early morning ...
bisleybum 11/03/2012 3 2 1 -
If mama ain't happy then nobody's happy...
and mama definitely wasn't happy as she came out of early voting here in East Tennessee today. This was the last day of early voting, and for a supposedly gimme republican state like Tennessee early ...
bisleybum 11/01/2012 5 19 - -
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