Posts made in January, 2017

My Wobbly Bicycle, 128

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Archive | 3 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 128

    It’s two days before the inauguration. I have been preparing for that event by reading. I read Hillbilly Elegy (as I mentioned last time), by J.D. Vance. Where he came from—first Appalachia, then southern Ohio—a large swath of people, he says, for various reasons, developed fear of the unknown, passivity, lack of belief in their abilities, uncivil behavior to each other yet fierce loyalty to family, and fierce love of country. And love of religion in the abstract, although not so many are churchgoers.   I was both profoundly interested and frustrated, because Vance...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 127

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Archive | 18 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 127

I admit I’m thinking this through as I write. My thoughts are a bit raw, but here they are:  I had counted on New Years Eve to hold back the new year. It was an artificial barrier, like all barriers, like walls that, even if built—of bricks, chicken wire, or the mind—don’t really hold anything back.     A more positive-sounding metaphor is “milestone.” We set them to signify change. Jerry’s back brace will come off in two weeks. This will be a welcome change. And here comes the new year. We’re two days into it now. We’ve taken down our old calendars, chosen...

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