ESSAYS

The rest of my career will be about drawing connections. Analysis, the process of dissection, is only of limited value to my mission. Synthesis is my vocation. More than any other kind of thinking, systems strategy, specifically of course in reference to California ecology, is where I find the answers to the questions I am asking. How do the orienting, elemental forces of the natural world inform the shape and function of my local and global realities? They come by considering the wider implications of externalities and how the sum effect of its fitness outweighs the aggregated product of the constituent properties. The study of ecology is the study of economics. The only difference between the two is the object of currency and the subject of society. (obi)

Moby Dick

I believe, as others before me, that Moby Dick is probably the greatest contribution to world literature that America ever came up with. At the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts right now is a show of contemporary visual artists all channeling the preeminent novel by Herman Melville through their own […]

American Masters

I was totally enraptured by these four painters at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts this week. All Americans – all painting about the turn of the twentieth century. These photos are taken of the original works and if you click on the image you can enlarge them. Sargent is the […]

A letter to the Ninety Nine Percenters

Just having come from the Northeast where I considered the American Revolution for a good long time, I had some thoughts on what is going on in my own town of Oakland, California right now. Although I do believe that Free-Market Capitalism and Representative Democracy are not necessarily married as indivisible constructs, […]

The revelation of cold

Vermont is a place of revelatory coldness – at least for a California boy who decides to visit friends in January, having never been there before. The water that has leached through limestone has formed pure and grand pillars of ice. The Maple trees stand gray in their icy landscape […]