The Real Paul Makinen? by David R. Yale, Reviewed by Diane Donovan

The Real Paul Makinen by David R. Yale

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by Diane Donovan
Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, Aug. 10, 2022
April 3, 2023

The Real Paul Makinen?
By David R. Yale
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What I Would Tell A Future Generation About Us On This Tiny World, by Kenn Orphan

NASA’s Webb Reveals Cosmic Cliffs, Glittering Landscape of Star Birthby Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 26, 2022

What is it about this photograph that is so intriguing? This is the Carina Nebula taken by the James Webb Telescope (NASA). We are looking at a nursery of stars, many far bigger than our own sun. And we are also looking back in time. Deep time. Yet there’s something intimate about it, even though there aren’t any pareidolic references for us to easily latch on to.

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The Final Dance: A Conversation with Cheryl Deines on Death and Dying, the Pandemic, and Living Our Best Lives, by Kenn Orphan

Don’t grieve. Anything you Lose Comes Round in Another Form.

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 17, 2021

KO: I wanted to begin by disclosing that I had the great honour of working with Cheryl in hospice care as medical social workers and grief counselors for several years. Her compassion, intuitive empathy and healing manner taught me invaluable lessons on how to approach death and grief.

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Chris Hedges: Confronting the Signs of a Society in Decline

World War 3 - III

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with Chris Hedges

Depth Psychology Alliance on Sep 14, 2016

In this depth psychology oriented discussion powered by Pacifica Graduate Institute, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Depth Psychologist, Bonnie Bright, Ph.D, about how, as both individuals and civilizations, we encounter cycles of growth, maturation, decadence, and decay, and death.

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The American Dream is Built on the American Nightmare by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 14, 2014

momdadThis photo of my parents reveals much about their personalities (hers vivacious and outgoing, his withdrawn and closed off), their relationship (little real contact), and also the times (could be captioned Gender Roles in the 1950s: The Bathing Beauty and the Soldier).

The typicality of their lives reveals much about the USA. My mother was a farmer’s daughter whose father lost the farm to the banks, and they had to scrabble along in the slums of the big city, St. Louis. All her life she yearned for her bucolic childhood when everything was “nice.” My father was a coal miner and the son of a coal miner from West Virginia. He hated the mines so much that after the Second World War he stayed in the military as a professional soldier.

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Noam Chomsky: Work, Learning and Freedom by Michael Kasenbacher

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Noam Chomsky interviewed by Michael Kasenbacher
New Left Project
December 24, 2012

Noam Chomsky

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In this often personal interview, renowned linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky outlines a libertarian perspective on work and education, arguing that freedom is the root of creativity and fulfilment.

The question I would like to ask is what is really wanted work? Maybe we could start with your personal life and your double career in linguistics and political activism? Do you like that kind of work?

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Thinking about happiness and unpleasantness by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 5, 2011

Thinking about happiness and unpleasantness

  • If you are committed to maintaining a clean house, you have to, from time to time, go around looking for dirt.  No one likes to clean, but if you don’t look for dirt you can’t clean up the mess, and if you don’t clean up the mess, you won’t live in a clean house.
  • If you ignore the liars, cheats, and thieves who take advantage of the weak and defenseless, they will become very successful at what they do.   Continue reading

Small Talk (in memoriam, for Joe Bageant, 1946-2011) By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
March 29, 2011

Yellow Sunset

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(for J.B.)

This one—tack-witted, sharp of tongue—
thinks he’ll die soon, and so,
smokes on (although he loves his wife).

He has made peace at 62 (my age)
with demons, destiny, and even
the C.O.P.D. that will
kick him in.

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Predilections, 1/1/11 By Gary Corseri

engulfed in flame

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By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 8, 2011

Half of what I know, I do not know—
And half the time I don’t know
Which is which.
Truth is a bandit, Truth is a screech-owl
And the polar winds are howling.
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Sour Grapes By Gary Corseri

Sour Grapes

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By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
September 12, 2010

Sometimes the grapes really are sour!
The wonder is … how you eat them!

At some point you convinced yourselves–
Wow!  This is delicious!

You developed a taste for sour.
You ate lemons straight–the more sour, the better.
You puckered up for a kiss
And your lips were sour.

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Advice to a Whelp By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
September 12, 2010

Sir, how do you write a poem?

Simple, my boy.
I will tell you. …
Set up a sturdy blackboard,
And scratch your nails across it.

Take your sharpened nails
And carve a hundred niches
Into your arms and thighs,
Into your chest and belly.

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Appalachian Highway Song, July, 2010 By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
September 12, 2010

“Why should I worry about posterity?  What has posterity ever done for me?”
–Groucho Marx

The Sun is blazing, blazing, blazing.
A thread of the Sun  pulls me along.
(I cannot say “forward.”
Like everyone, I’ve lost my sense of direction.)

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Freedom in the Grace of the World by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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July 5, 2010

Earl Shaffer, adrift after serving in the South Pacific in World War II and struggling with the loss of his childhood friend Walter Winemiller during the assault on Iwo Jima, made his way to Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia in 1947. He headed north toward Mount Katahdin in Maine and for the next 124 days, averaging 16.5 miles a day, beat back the demons of war. His goal, he said, was to ‘‘walk the Army out of my system.’’ He was the first person to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail.

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