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Barry’s Blog # 36: Didn’t He Ramble? A New Orleans Jazz Funeral

People who cannot weep together are people who cannot laugh together…The other side of real grief is real joy. – Malidoma Some´ Be joyful even though you’ve considered all the facts. – Wendell Berry Why do we express our condolences … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 381: Dionysus Looks at Mental Illness, Part Seven of Seven

The whole world is sick…and you can’t put this right by having a good therapeutic dialogue or finding deeper meanings. It’s not about meaning anymore; it’s about survival. – James Hillman I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 365: We Contain Multitudes, Part One of Three

Part One: Racist White Blues Cats Do I contradict myself?Very well then, I contradict myself,(I am large, I contain multitudes.) – Walt Whitman I’m a lifelong fan of African American music, especially Blues, and I’ve written about the subject extensively … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 315: A Vacation in Chaos, Part Five of Five

We need our vacations in chaos that might temporarily relieve the crushing burden of life under late capitalism. Even now (March 2020), as authorities ask millions of us to “social distance” or “shelter in place”, a “stay-cation” in chaos may … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 201: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Twelve of Fifteen

Sub-Saharan Africa: American troops swarmed over the continent during the Obama years, allegedly to fight terrorism. They were also there to prop up friendly regimes with horrific human rights records, such as Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda. And they were driven … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 195: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Six of Fifteen

Domestic Policies, Continued: 5 – The Environment Obama quoted environmental writers such as Michael Pollan and visibly countered the lunatic Republican denial of global warming.  But soon it was clear that he was subtly supporting much of the agenda of … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 147: Let’s Talk About Me — Part Two of Two

Let’s Talk About Me, Part Two Leona Tockey (1925-2015) Leona Tockey had one hell of a story, or in mythological terms, a cycle of stories all centering around a heroic figure who traditionally leaves the comfort of the known, descends … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 31: The Race Card

The root of the White man’s hatred is terror, a bottomless and nameless terror, which focuses on this dread figure, an entity which lives only in his mind. – James Baldwin As I considered the dark anniversary that is approaching, … Continue reading

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