Monthly Archives: April 2009

Walpurgisnacht, Odin, and Hitler

On April 22, Odin, the father of all the ancient Germanic gods, hung himself on the tree of life called Yggdrasil. On April 30, the ninth night, he beheld the Runes and died; at midnight he was resurrected. On April … Continue reading

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All this and more, in one hundred days

Let’s not even look at the big stuff. Some of Bush’s smaller messes, which Obama has reversed in these short days, may have escaped our attention (though they’re really not small, when you think about it – they were cruel, … Continue reading

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

We’ve got the pestilence, we’ve got the war, we’ve got economic famine – all that’s left now is that pale rider of Death. I know Obama says not to panic, but if I were some sort of fundamentalist I’d really … Continue reading

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StarPower, the game

Since I keep writing about this Personal Mastery workshop simulation (like here, and here) where the workshop leaders turn the rules of the game over to the players, I thought it might be a good idea to explain it. It … Continue reading

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Dear President Obama (Letter #2)

President Obama, I know you believe the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” were torture, because you had to outlaw them in order to say without lying, “We do not torture.” President Obama, I know you believe that torture under any circumstances, … Continue reading

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St. Mark’s Day

It wasn’t easy for St. Mark to become the patron saint of Venice. For around eight centuries he was just lying peacefully (well, not so peacefully since he was martyred, but at least that was over) in his tomb in … Continue reading

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St. Mark’s Eve

Ghosts appearing suddenly in cemeteries would seem more appropriate, if ever, in the season when other things are dying – like on All Hallows Eve, for example. But tonight was the night, in 17th century England, when the spirits of … Continue reading

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