Author Archives for Nacho

Do the Test


There has certainly been plenty to write about regarding politics, mindfulness, church and state, zen, humanism, and more. But... I really needed to enjoy my Spring Break by doing as little as possible. Besides, I recently bought a Nikon D300 and my time has been spent playing with it. I'll write a ...>

Barack Obama in Salem, Oregon


Today I had a chance to see Sen. Obama at a stop he made in Salem, OR. Part of a few stops in various towns, Sen. Obama delivered a fairly basic stump speech, followed by about twenty five minutes of questions and answers. Unlike the "town hall" meetings of Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush during the last cy ...>

Obama’s Speech, Identifying our Suffering


If you have not yet seen or heard Senator Obama's speech on race do yourself a favor and watch it. It is a good speech. Timely, quite apropos, transforming of potential weakness into an asset, confronting of real issues, and broadly connecting to various folks. Obama pulls off, albeit with less rhet ...>

Ferraro, Clinton, Obama


Recent comments by Geraldine Ferraro: “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.” Then, after the expected criticis ...>

Requiem for the Rule of Law


Ok, perhaps not the whole rule of law, but really, this is important news and most likely to go unnoticed by the majority of our fellow citizens. Remember back to your Civics class in elementary school, maybe Junior High? What? You didn't have a Civics class? Join the club. Not many have. But at lea ...>

Buddha’s Dogs, by Susan Browne


Buddha's Dogs I'm at a day-long meditation retreat, eight hours of watching my mind with my mind, and I already fell asleep twice and nearly fell out of my chair, and it's not even noon yet. In the morning session, I learned to count my thoughts, ten in on minute, and the longest was to ...>

Service Interruption


A service interruption is coming while I fix a domain name issue. My apologies but this might make things a bit "iffy" for a couple of days. I hope it will not be for that long, but the fix will help quite a lot. As they say, watch this space... and we thank you for your support! ...>

Tenure!


Well it is finally here! I received official notification over the weekend of the University granting me tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Woohoo! After the process, portfolio, reviews, and knowing that other folks did not make it (the letters went out a while ago for folks that for whate ...>

Demographic Winter Hokum


A recently released documentary called Demographic Winter: The Decline of the Human Family purportedly sounds the alarm that if nothing is done to reverse declining fertility rates our planetary society will reap enormously bad consequences. That characterization, of course, is too broad and too fr ...>

Females Should Have No Authority Over Males


This is one of those mind-boggling moments: a female basketball referee was told she could not continue refereeing a boys basketball game at St. Mary's Catholic school in Kansas City because... wait for it... she is a woman. Yes, you read right. Apparently, the school claimed that she was a woman a ...>

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