Random events

Raining money

November 19, 2015

It was raining not long ago. Such a welcome change from the drought. Walking down Grant Street towards Market Street on my way to a meeting, I was caught in a shower. It poured for a few minutes and, because I had no umbrella and happened to be right outside Hermés where several umbrellas, all […]

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July 2, 2014

“Will you give me some money so I can have something to eat?” She is in one of those chairs on wheels, not a wheelchair exactly, but an assisted perambulatory seat. “Are you hungry?” I ask. “Yes, can you give me something for something to eat?” There is a cafe on the corner. “I’ll go […]

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A point in time

May 31, 2013

I am about to complete my fourth year of training to become a psychoanalyst. Next week I will take my very last didactic seminar. The classes I have taken every week on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning since September 2009 will come to an end. I will also have completed one of my three training […]

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Tarantino redux

March 21, 2013

Okay, so I’ve calmed down a bit about the whole Tarantino effect, but I still have strong feelings about the way in which violence, even cartoon violence, is glorified. The men and women who come back from wars far afield and have such a tough time adjusting back into life in this country have had […]

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Tarantino sucks

January 28, 2013

I just saw Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Django Unchained, and I will never see another Tarantino movie again. The story was solid and sound and, for someone like me who despises racism and bigotry, it was a great revenge fantasy. But as I sat there in the movie theater with my friend, CJ (who later […]

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Disappearing Act

July 24, 2012

I have been thinking about James Holmes and his unbelievably murderous outburst in a movie theater, of all places. Our lives are broken by violence and his actions, in particular, should give us pause.We all have the capacity to use our minds to make people disappear and I witnessed a version of it earlier today. […]

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Speaking Japanese?…hmm, I think so

March 18, 2012

I am on the bus, traveling around town from one meeting to the next. This bus is crowded and I am standing in the aisle, holding onto one of the overhead straps, looking around idly at the passengers. It is a random mixture of people, although heavy on the student side since it is the […]

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March 27, 2011

I was coming home on the ferry yesterday and stood on the upper deck watching the clouds. I was trying to understand how they were lit by the late afternoon sun since the sky was scattered with big, puffy white cumulus clouds against a background of streaky and shiny stratus clouds. I remember my father […]

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In the rush to get to work

January 28, 2011

I am driving to work on an early Spring morning. I have gone through my usual routine: walk out the door, pull it shut behind me with cup of coffee in hand and computer bag over shoulder. I head towards my car, unlock the passenger side, put my coffee in the cup holder, put my […]

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A virtual philosophy of money

January 11, 2011

What is money but trickery and obfuscation? Money is untrustworthy and shadowy, elusive and shape-shifting. Who really knows what its worth? Perhaps it is obvious I have never understood money. So this is a piece about what I know about money in an attempt to pin down something positive and useful about this currency that […]

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