The Culture of Violence Part Four

Writing this final installment on my cultural violence series has been very difficult. I know what I want to say in a rather amorphous way, but finding the words to explain my point of this whole series has been much like a difficult birth. When my wife Elizabeth was pregnant with our daughter, and she... Continue Reading →

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The Culture of Violence Part Three

Culture is about symbols and show cultural analysis is symbolic analysis. What we are going to do today is analyze a few of the most important symbols underlying American culture. In terms of what they are, what they mean now, and what they meant in the past. Given that, analyzing just one simple symbol can... Continue Reading →

The Culture Of Violence Part One

My post today centers specifically on American culture and, of course, American society. I am going to talk about the place of violence in American culture and how that is reflected in American society. If you are not living under a rock in this country, I am sure you are aware of all the school... Continue Reading →

I Remember Mama Part Two

It’s nearly one in the morning and I’m sitting here at my computer playing music videos. Everything from Shocking Blue doing Venous to Blondie doing Heart of Glass. In between I listen to Linda Ronstadt doing Long Long Time. I finally got around to watching a video from the title track of an album I’ve... Continue Reading →

My Lizzie

A personal note: For those of you who are not on my facebook friends list, my wife Elizabeth (my Lizzie) was admitted to the Baxter Regional Medical Center Saturday evening. It seems she has a small rupture in her colon. She is being treated with antibiotics in the hope of avoiding surgery. Surgery would involve... Continue Reading →

I Remember Mama

I Remember Mama is a classic movie from 1948 (the year I was born) starring Irene Dunne. It was also a television series dating back to 1949. I don’t recall seeing the movie growing up, but I do remember watching the TV series. It was one of my mother’s favorite TV shows. It was about... Continue Reading →

The Barbarian

According to the Oxford English dictionary, the origin of the word barbarian is from “Late Middle English (in barbarous (sense 2)): via Latin from Greek barbarous ‘foreign’ + -ous.” Since I am technically a foreigner in America, that makes me a barbarian. I also am a barbarian by ancient heritage. I am descended from one... Continue Reading →

Another Lone Crazed Gunman

That’s the expression one of my Facebook friends, and former high school classmate, used to describe and referred to the shooter in Las Vegas last week. I commented that we have far too many of them and that lone crazed gunman seem to be endemic to American history. We have an unnatural love affair with... Continue Reading →

Pigeonholes and Language

Yes! Yes! I know. It has been over a month since I have written anything on either of my blogs. Rest assured, I am well and doing fine. So, what was the problem? I guess you could say that the stream of creative juices slowed down to a mere trickle. I guess we all have... Continue Reading →

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