A skeleton reading a book illustrates the smell of dead dreams.

THE SMELL OF DEAD DREAMS

We take flowers to the hospital when we visit the sick and dying without reflecting on the irony that cut flowers are already dead and their scent is to shield us from the smell of dead dreams.  We see on our death bed, not our whole life flashing before us – as with a drowning […]

Bob Dylan photo illustrates THE DISTANCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG

How do you measure the distance between right and wrong? Does it vary like the moon’s distance from earth? Or is it exact like Einstein’s E = mc2? Can you be a little bit wrong? Or almost right? Big Brother’s Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984 convinced the oppressed that 2+2=5 and did so in […]

GEORGE ORWELL AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR showing soldiers waving a flag

GEORGE ORWELL AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

It was the day after Christmas in 1936 when George Orwell stepped off the train in Barcelona and followed his map to the recruiting office of the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista), where he volunteered to fight for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War. What little I knew about the war before we […]