Sunday, January 31, 2016


Sunday Reflection: Income Inequality

I do know that there is an argument to be made for maintaining those institutions that create and sustain income inequality in this country (low estate taxes, income tax policies that allow some of the wealthiest to pay little, etc.).   It creates an incentive to invest, some argue, or encourages people to innovate.

But how do people of faith justify those policies? It seems that in the realm of government, their ideas about economics trump what their faith directs-- though they would probably tell you that God is the God of all.

But… is that right? Or is there a Christian argument for those institutions which create and enhance income inequality? I have an open mind on this...

Saturday, January 30, 2016


The Preamble

I can't figure out if this was foolish or brilliant. What do you think?

Friday, January 29, 2016


Haiku Friday: The House I Grew Up In

Some people grow up in many houses; others in only one. We all have memories, though, of those shelters. We shared them with brothers, sisters, sometimes cousins, parents, grandparents.

Let's haiku about that this week: The house you grew up in.

Here, I will go first:

I loved the milk chute
So long ago, that it was where
The milk was found: Joy!

Now it is your turn! Just make it 5 syllables/7 syllables/5 syllables, and have some fun!

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Political Mayhem Thursday: Prophets, Kings, and Black Lives Matter

Yesterday I posted a piece titled Prophets, Kings, and Black Lives Matter over at the Huffington Post. I'm interested in what you all might think of it.  It took me a long time to get it just right.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Best TV shows, in rank order

1) The Sopranos
2) Arrested Development
C)  Seinfeld
4)  Twin Peaks
5)  Freaks and Geeks

Yeah, this is (by necessity) limited to the shows I have actually seen.

You don't disagree, do you?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Cross-Blogging With the Dadster...

If you haven't been keeping up with my Dad's blog, you have been missing out on some great photos and descriptions of the jazz scene back in Detroit. I love the photo above, for example, and his plan for the coming year:

What our children think is important… and why this matters.

I grew up before television was our primary information center. Before dinner our family huddled around the radio for the news and after dinner we were entertained by a record going round and round on the Victrola. All kinds of music surrounded us with all its imagery. Those were magical moments. Sometimes we accompanied our parents to a concert or an opera but never to a jazz joint. Jazz and popular music were only on the radio and records. It did get into our heads and we learned to move and sway when nobody was watching. I did catch my dad once practicing his moves. It has  remained part of the rhythm of my life. Thankfully it has also leaked into my children’s lives.

Life isn’t as simple for kids today.

There is plenty of music all around us but often it is in the background while our brain is focused on a task. Getting the time to get lost in some music just isn’t always available. Luckily in Detroit there are earnest efforts to bring our master artists into the community to share their gifts. Providing  an intimate experience with these teachers will assure that many young lives will be richer. I have witnessed the skill of our jazz educators and seen  kids abandon their cell phones while being introduced to something new. This year I am planning to spend time documenting the programs and the individuals whose lives will be enriched. I have always been impressed with the ability jazz musicians have to listen to the children. They seem to know how much that matters. Maybe it is that listening to others is the key to jazz.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Swimming in bad music

My favorite haiku from last week was Christine's, since she described a perfectly awful situation:

The song repeated
and repeated in my head
while I swam laps

It is different
each time. The last song I heard
on the radio.

Taylor Swift, Beiber...
I hope it has a good beat
so I will swim fast.

Trapped in the pool with Justin Beiber! Can you even imagine? {shudder}... but if it gets you through the workout...

Meanwhile, I had to look up what Lee Carver was talking about:

Chainsmokers invade
All I can think of now is
Taking a #SELFIE

As is often the case, it was the Medievalist whose thoughts rang closest to my own:

You can't always get
Songs by Barry Manilow
Out of your mind. *sigh*


Sunday, January 24, 2016


Sunday Reflection: The Wonder of Transformation

All day yesterday, I kept an eye on the news and messages from friends in the East, where the deluge of snow has been record-setting. For example, here is IPLawGuy, who lives in Washington:

The photos that make me long to be there, though, are the ones showing a normally-bustling place-- a street in New York, or a square in Washington-- still and empty and quiet and white.  I want to put on my long skinny nordic skis and slide through there, gliding where cabs are usually jockying for position.

Don't we all want that? To see a world transformed in some way, made less harsh, quieter, more gentle? 

Saturday, January 23, 2016


A pretty good ad….

A week ago, I was in Boston and got to see-- for the first time this cycle-- a lot of election ads. Some were unintentionally funny, others just weird, but this Bernie Sanders ad is just good art.  

Not that it says anything at all, or even tries to, about the candidate, at least in any express way.

I suspect that Simon and Garfunkel gave him the rights to use the song, though!

In the interests of balance, here is Donald Trump's first major ad:

Friday, January 22, 2016


Haiku Friday: The Song That is Stuck in Your Head

Yesterday, I walked out of my criminal law class with a spring in my step.  Not necessarily because of the content of the class-- I got a little obsessed with the Hamburglar, and I'm not the only one:

Anyways, after proving to my students that an analysis of elements shows that the Hamburglar is not a burglar at all, I had Aretha stuck in my head. Aretha singing "I Say a Little Prayer."

That's really not a bad song to have stuck in your head! Believe me, I have had far worse, and so have you. Let's haiku about that this week. Here I will go first:

Aretha, yes please!
Last week was a torture by
Starland Vocal Band.

Now it is your turn… just make it a 5/7/5 syllable count, and have some fun!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Political Mayhem Thursday: "Michigan-- What a Mess"

The line "Michigan-- What a Mess" was at the top of the CNN website, followed by a torrent of articles decrying the Flint water crisis, the Detroit schools, and other issues in my home state.

Meanwhile, my old friend Ron Fournier headed back to the mitten to talk to the Governor, Rick Snyder. His interview revealed a governor who is clearly chastened by what has happened to a city (Flint) and a school system (Detroit) that fell apart while under state control after locals were removed from power.

Michigan has taken its lumps over the years, but this is an especially bad week.

Some have called for Snyder to resign. Is that a valid idea?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


"Attorney Overseeing Clemency Initiative Leaving in Frustration"

Sadly, the title of this post is a headline in today's Washington Post, resting atop Sari Horwitz's (as always) solid work:

The Justice Department’s pardon attorney — charged with overseeing the review of clemency petitions from federal inmates — is stepping down at the end of January because she is frustrated by a lack of resources for one of the president’s centerpiece criminal-justice initiatives, according to people close to her.

The departure of Deborah Leff, who has been in her role since 2014, comes as the Obama administration struggles to process a backlog of more than 9,000 pending clemency petitions. As the president approaches the end of his second term, time is running out for his high-profile effort to offer clemency to certain nonviolent federal drug offenders harshly sentenced in the nation’s war on drugs.

A former trial lawyer, senior television producer and president of the Public Welfare Foundation, Leff was highly respected by sentencing reform advocates.

“She never got the staffing she needed,” said one friend. “She was very frustrated.” Other people close to Leff said that she was passionate about making the clemency initiative work but had been unhappy for quite some time about not having enough resources.

This is not a good development. At best, it will spur the administration to reform the clemency process by doing the following:

1) Take the the Pardon Attorney out of DOJ.
2) Have the Pardon Attorney's recommendations go to the White House for review without passing through the Deputy Attorney General.

That's it. Simple. Easy. No legislation needed.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Trump + Palin = ?


The Democratic Debate: One Shocking Fact

As I have said before, there is a lot to admire about Hillary Clinton. For example, she showed remarkable strength and poise during the marathon Benghazi hearings.

On Sunday night, though, Bernie Sanders dropped a bomb. In the middle of a discussion of bank regulation (an important topic, and one they discussed with knowledge and fervor), Sanders noted that Clinton had received $600,000 in speaking fees from one investment bank, Goldman Sachs, in just one year.

Boom! I was floored. First of all, no one is that good at public speaking, to genuinely be worth that kind of money. It's clearly a purchase of influence.  It was a shocking revelation. 

And that's not even a campaign contribution-- it is a straight up payment. The campaign contributions don't give you much confidence she will rein in banks, either. Here are her top contributors, to Senate and Presidential campaigns, dating back to 1999:

Citigroup Inc $824,402$816,402$8,000
Goldman Sachs $760,740$750,740$10,000
DLA Piper $700,530$673,530$27,000
JPMorgan Chase & Co $696,456$693,456$3,000
Morgan Stanley $636,564$631,564$5,000
EMILY's List $609,684$605,764$3,920
Time Warner $501,831$476,831$25,000

Not reassuring, if you think banks already have too much power. And I won't be surprised if, over time, her Democratic opponents make more of this.  They should.  

One of my primary disappointments in President Obama was the failure to punish the criminal actions of bankers after the mortgage crisis, and the bailouts those banks were given. Only one candidate offers the hope of something different in the future, and that is Bernie Sanders.

Bank regulation is certainly not the only issue in this campaign, or even the most important one. But it does matter, and it does not favor Clinton or any of the Republicans, none of whom have offered up significant reform in this area.

Monday, January 18, 2016


A brief note on MLK

I'm glad that we celebrate today the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  His legacy is remarkable, and his dream remains unfulfilled.

At the same time, though, I am troubled by the way he is described by some people today-- by what Cornel West called the "Santa Clausification" of King. West noted last year that King was viewed as dangerous by the American power structure:  “The FBI said he was the most dangerous man in America, and the FBI said he was the most notorious liar in America.”

Institutionalizing a prophet's legacy risks leaching from that legacy the edgier side of prophecy. I see that when I watch people struggle to distinguish King from Black Lives Matter.

When we quote King, we should also quote the loathsome responses from the politically powerful of that time. Those declamations sound ridiculous now, but that-- exactly that-- is perhaps the most powerful part of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Yeah, it's Dad

There was some great haiku last week, but nothing hit home quite like my dad's:

Just after broomball
Some white bread and a steaming
bowl of hot chili.

For some 20 years, on and off, I played broomball with my dad and a bunch of other guys (including Sleepy Walleye) on a frozen lake near Detroit.  It is a ridiculous game-- running around with brooms on the ice-- but sure built up an appetite. The Medievalist offered a Minnesota version:

After shoveling
Snow, never-ending sidewalk,
Steaming Spam hotdish.

MKS had another Minnesota variant:

Winter comfort food:
Meatballs with mushroom gravy
On mashed potatoes.

Of course, that is kinda limited to the experience of a certain group of people living here in the north. For others, you might relate more to the poetry of the Waco Friend:

Kielbasa stew!
Sausage, squash, zucchini, corn
tomatoes, onion.

Served with homemade
cornbread, mother's recipe
warmly fills tummies!

Finally, Renee gave us a poem/recipe (a beautiful thing!):

Allspice lifted it
Ambrosial,boulders of beef
Swam with potatoes

Onion boldly gilded the
Broth.Succulent clouds

Of Spatzli,treasure
To discover in the blessed
Bowl. It cooked all day.


Sunday, January 17, 2016


Sunday Reflection: The deep cold

This is what January brings in Minnesota: a high of -8. 

My friends in Texas shudder at that, but the people here think something is wrong if there isn't a deep cold snap. They are right, too-- without several nights below zero, invasive species move north and suddenly the birch trees or the walleye or something else that makes Minnesota so Minnesota-y is gone. The cold is purifying.

It feels that way to me, too, when I step out into the world and feel my breath freeze. There is this moment of being startled, and then a striking clarity. Everything is bright. Minnesota is cold, but it is also sunny, and that sun bounces off the snow and magnifies, so everything glistens. At night, the stars are sharply defined, and the background sky seems darker and deeper. 

I love the way that works, that it is scary to go out, but once you are there it is fascinating and wonderful (if you wore the right clothes, anyways). 

What else, what other beauty, does fear keep us from?

Friday, January 15, 2016


Haiku Friday: Food for cold days

Some food is summer food. You know what I mean… and that is not what we are looking for. This is winter, darn it. It was -11 in Minnesota, and even here in Cambridge it is pretty nippy.

So, what is your favorite winter food? Let's haiku on that today. Here, I will go first:

My true love: Oatmeal.
I make it unhealthy! Milk,
Brown sugar, raisins.

Now it is your turn… just use the 5/7/5 syllable formula, and have some fun!

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Political Mayhem Thursday: CraigA is right about politics and compassion

My friend and mentor Craig Anderson had a great piece in the Richmond paper last Sunday about compassion and politics.  Here is part of what he had to say:

A 2014 Pew Research Center survey on the traits of good leaders indicated, in descending order, that “it is absolutely essential for a leader to be honest, intelligent and decisive — as well as organized, compassionate, innovative and ambitious.”

At face value, this is a credible list of traits.

Yet, too often it appears the presidential debates degenerate to the lowest common denominators of a male understanding of leadership — such as toughness, aggressiveness and strength — not the traits from the Pew survey. Often, the candidates, regardless of gender, try to outdo one another, much like overreaching adolescent males seeking to assert their uncertain manhood.

More so, the grandiosity, the brashness, the arrogance and the unfettered narcissism of several of the candidates have been striking. It has been said that seeking the presidency is diagnosable. After all, given the unfathomable demands of the job, what type of person would think they have what it takes to do it?

At the core of narcissism is the inability to be present to and aware of the other. The self, and service of the self, is all that matters.

Not surprisingly, the remarks of several of the candidates have appeared to be remarkably tone-deaf in regard to the concerns of the others.

Many of these remarks have pandered to and exploited fear. This fear, unfortunately, is not without precedent. Nevertheless, where is their sense of mercy for those displaced by terrorism, civil war, poverty and environmental disasters? Where is their sense of compassion?

As happens so often, New York Times columnist David Brooks swooped in later in the week and swiped Craig's theme in a wonderful piece titled The Brutalism of Ted Cruz.

What do you think? Are Anderson and Brooks right?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Pretty good speech!

I was impressed with President Obama. As those of you who read this blog know, I have been quite critical of the President at times, often in the national press. There are things I think he should do differently.

But, this was a very strong speech, and I agree with much of what he said.  I wish our politics were different, in a way that would allow Republicans to stand with the President when he says and promotes something that all agree on.

One of President Obama's strengths, for the whole breadth of his political career, has been the ability to state our shared aspirations. That's not a bad thing; it is a key job of the Executive. Last night he again did that very well.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


David Bowie did it first

David Bowie & Klaus Nomi - TVC15 & Boys Keep... by ZapMan69

David Bowie is dead of cancer at 69. He was way, way ahead of his time, and provided one of the most arresting performances I saw on TV when I was in high school.

Saturday Night live was in its fourth year in 1978, with the original cast still in place (except the upgrade, where Bill Murray replaced Chevy Chase), and I stayed up late to watch every weekend.  You never knew what was going to happen, and sometimes something great would occur.

That's what happened that night, when David Bowie appeared.  Here is how Open Culture described it:

1979 was a strange year in music. A year of endings, in a way. Sid Vicious died, Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath… an old guard faded away. On the other hand, U2 went into the studio for their debut, Kate Bush went on her first tour, and new wave emerged from punk’s end. It was also the year, notably or not, that Berlin/New York cabaret performer Klaus Nomi broke, sort of. Nomi had been performing Wagner and Vaudeville in New York, and David Bowie, always on the make for unusual traveling companions, invited him to appear as a backup singer on Saturday Night Live. Bowie himself was in transition, leaving behind his high concept work with Brian Eno on his Berlin Trilogy (Low, ”Heroes,” and Lodger) and entering another high pop phase. It was an abrupt, but natural, shift for Bowie; tapping into Nomi’s art-pop affectations may have seemed a perfect way to bridge the two.

Bowie, Nomi, and flamboyant New York performance artist Joey Arias do three songs, reaching back to Bowie’s folkier times for “The Man Who Sold the World.” Bowie launches next into Station to Station’s “TVC 15” in a skirt and heels, while Nomi and Arias drag around a pink plastic poodle. For the last number, Lodger’s “When You’re a Boy,” Bowie perhaps invents the look of 80s new wave videos to come—from Peter Gabriel to the Pet Shop Boys—while wearing a life-size marionette costume. Some amazing mechanism, puppeteers offstage or Bowie himself, operates the oversized arms, and the whole thing takes SNL musical performances to a place they’d never been. Nomi was so impressed with the costuming that he adopted the huge plastic tuxedo Bowie wears during the first song as his own, wearing one on the cover of his first album and performing in it until his death from AIDS in 1983. The broadcast above took place on December 15, 1979.

It was stunning, especially the second song (which starts at 3:20 in the video above. Here is my question: How did they do that on live television in 1979?

But, he did. 

Monday, January 11, 2016


Street names of the Razor

What happens when you ask people for their street name (in haiku)? Well, a lot of confusion. There was this from MKS:
My response is based on my immediate interpretation of "my street name." So you get a 2 part haiku on this chain of thought.

I am so naïve
Haiku the street where I live?
It’s Tuxedo Road.

I read responses.
The light bulb turns on. I am
Blondey Tuxedo. 

Is there really a "Tuxedo Road?" Hmmm. Anyways, there was also this from Christine:

Christy of Fairholm
She held court in Sweeney Park
A fair maiden, not.

I think I remember Sweeney Park... and finally, we have the literalist Medievalist:

So Paul Earl Larson
Lived on St. Paul street for years,
Easy to remember.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Sunday Reflection: On the road

This week I will be traveling to CraigA's old haunt, Boston. (Side note: CraigA has a great commentary in the Richmond paper today).  Harvard Law is joining the group of schools working on clemency petitions, and I'm going to go help set it up. I'm looking forward to it, and working with some old friends.

Travel has a good effect on me: It opens me up.  Many of my better articles were written on planes, or in libraries far from home. Coming into contact with new people and experiences always makes me better, too.

Jesus moved constantly, of course. Partly, that was by necessity-- his mission and his audiences were all over. His travel not only took him to where he needed to be, but let him be who he needed to be. Reading the gospels, it is a little like reading the memoirs of a band member on tour, with a new place defining each chapter. Often, a gospel verse opens that way: "They travelled to…"

It is a deep urge within us, and sometimes a spiritual one. Micah 6:8 tells us not only to love justice and show mercy, but to "walk humbly with our God." We tend to ignore the verb in that last part, that we are to "walk." What happens then, when we walk with God? We find the rest of the world, maybe.

Saturday, January 09, 2016



The best show I ever saw? That's easy. It was the Ramones, in some hot old warehouse in DC in the middle of August. Hot as hell, packed in tight, and Joey Ramone wore a leather jacket for two and half hours while performing under lights.

Looking back at it (and at the video above) what I find remarkable is how disciplined they were. There is no break between the songs, for the most part-- they count it off and fly into the next one. 

I can't even do that in my lectures! I'm muttering about something, looking down at my notes, fumbling around... it sounds crazy, but this semester I am going to try to be more like the Ramones.

Friday, January 08, 2016


Haiku Friday: Your Street Name

In a fascinating and horrible set of remarks, Maine Governor Paul LePage (already known for general classiness) explained his theory about crime in his state:

"These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys, they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home," the 67-year old governor told the audience. "Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road."

There is, of course, a lot wrong here, including the racism. What jumped out at me though, was his idea that there might be heroin dealers named "Smoothie" and "Shifty."  In criminal law, we deal with a lot of nicknames. "D-Money" is plausible. No one, though, would take the name "Smoothie" or "Shifty."

So, what would you want to have Gov. LaPage call you?

We can haiku about that this week. Here, I'll go first:

Maine Guv'nor calls me
"Franklin the Cairn Terrier."
From Connecticut!

Now it is your turn!  Just make it 5 syllables/7 syllables/5 syllables and have some fun!

Thursday, January 07, 2016


Political Mayhem Thursday: Armed insurrection fizzles in Oregon

People seem to have already lost interest in the armed gang who took over the gift-shop building at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and maybe that is for the best. Apparently, they are already running out of snacks.  They may be domestic terrorists (the label fits their actions), but they are coming off as just silly. And that may be the perfect outcome-- that they end up being humiliated just by the dopiness of their actions, and slink away to their homes (and prosecution, one would hope).

Their protest was inspired by the sentencing of two locals, Dwight and Steve Hammond, who had been convicted of arson on federal land. They were charged under a statute that carries a five-year mandatory minimum, and an appellate court held that it had to be imposed.  They reported to serve their sentences on Monday-- the event that spurred the protests and eventually the armed incursion-- without incident.

Some questions about all of this:

-- Why is it that when a protest is held in Minneapolis by Black Lives Matter, scores of police are sent, but this incident is ignored? If you doubt the disparity, here is a picture from just a few weeks ago, of those facing the Black Lives Matter protesters:

-- Are the Oregon occupiers properly categorized as "terrorists?" What about the two ranchers who burned 139 acres of federal land?

-- Was the five-year mandatory sentence appropriate for a fire that got out of control and caused a small amount of damage? 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016


Wow-- Trump questions Clinton's endurance?

This is going to be a really weird election season. Scratch that-- it already is a really weird election season!

I'm still baffled at something that continues to go on. It's this: Republican strategists seem to assume that Donald Trump is going to implode. They have pretty much assumed that since last summer, and have been consistently wrong. The problem with their theory is that Trump defies the law of political gravity: he says shockingly wrong things, and his numbers go up. Now the theory is that he will just kind of lose, for no real reason.

Lately, he has been arguing that Hillary Clinton lacks the stamina and endurance to be president.  It's a bizarre claim-- like saying that Chris Christie is too skinny to be President, or that Jeb Bush doesn't have government service in his family. If there is one thing we know about Hillary Clinton (and it is a good thing), it is that she endures quite well. Most recently, this came across in the Benghazi hearings, where she testified all day and into the night, and did not miss a step. It was an impressive display.

Why does he say this? And why does it work?

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


So, if you have seen The Force Awakens...

No spoilers here-- just random theories. I loved The Force Awakens, but was baffled by one thing: There is a new important character, Supreme Leader Snoke, who goes completely unexplained. Who is he? Where did he come from?

Here are some leading theories:

-- He's just some guy named "Snoke," who became a Supreme Leader

-- It's Jar Jar Binks

-- It's Emperor Palpatine, reborn after being thrown into a huge shaft in space

-- Or, it could be Luke Skywalker.

What do you think (if you care)?

Monday, January 04, 2016


Mysterious… and Not

I like this haiku, but I don't know what the Medievalist is up to:

Studying Vikings,
Cold Norwegian roots I have,
Arctic adventures.

Gavin, I get:

New Year just arrived
I'll still write '15 till March
White out fixes all.

Sunday, January 03, 2016


Faith amongst Plenty

In the picture above, I'm carrying the Christmas ham (not, as might appear by the size and shape of the bag and the fact his name is written on it, the severed head of my father).  It was a big ham for a lot of people, and it was delicious, as was everything else we ate that day. Talented hands worked hard to make it happen.  

My parents aren't particularly well-off, and many nights they eat lentil soup. Still, relative to most of the people on this planet, we are awash in comfort and riches. 

Does relative wealth affect faith?

Well, sure it does. Christ made that pretty clear, several times-- that it is harder for the wealthy to realize the riches of faith. Why, though? I have several ideas on that:

1) At every turn, Jesus urged humility, and humility does not come easily to the advantaged.

2)  The wealthy tend to see their status as earned-- as reflecting their moral standing. This is often quite explicit. Jesus taught the opposite. 

3)  Sometimes you will hear people say that well-off people don't "need" God. It's a confusing phrase, though, since God does not (at least according to Jesus) provide earthly wealth.  

I have gone to a number of churches with very wealthy members of the congregation, but these challenges are rarely part of sermons. Should it be part of the discussion within churches?

Saturday, January 02, 2016


Cities in rank order

Sometimes I end up in some kind of rabbit hole of information, where I can't stop myself from finding out more about some arcane or unimportant topic.

For example, yesterday, I became engrossed in the relative population of various cities. What makes it confounding is that some core cities with big metropolitan areas are actually pretty small. For example, Cleveland is the 48th largest city in the US-- which really surprised me.

Here are a few other oddities from the list:

-- Atlanta, Georgia (ranked 39th) has fewer people than Mesa, Arizona and is about the same size as Virginia Beach

-- Pittsburg is smaller than Lexington, Kentucky and Santa Ana, California

-- Buffalo is smaller than Chula Vista, California and Jersey City

-- Richmond, Virginia is smaller than North Las Vegas, Garland, Texas, and Gilbert, Arizona (which I had never heard of)

-- Salt Lake City is smaller than Augusta, Georgia and Yonkers, New York

Weird, huh?

Friday, January 01, 2016


Haiku Friday: 2015 and 2016!

Happy New Year! I plan to open the year by cutting new tracks on fresh snow... and that's as good as it gets.

Let's haiku about either the year completed or the one before us-- you can review the last year or look forward to the next. Here, I will go first:

Life in my fifties
Is really pretty awesome
Thank you, Father Time!

Now it is your turn... just have some fun, and more or less follow the 5/7/5 syllable rule! 


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