Rolling Stones of Broken Beliefs

( Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, November 21, 2011) I live within walking distance of DeVargas Center on the north side of town. Two or three times a week I’ll walk by the mall, or to the mall, depending on my needs or curiosities. Yesterday my curiosities led me …

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Learning is for Noobs

(Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, September 12, 2011) I first heard the term “Internet” at a Halloween party in 1993. An attractive friend of a co-worker, cutely disguised as the Cat in the Hat, mentioned that she was writing her Masters thesis in Computer Science about “how to access …

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Adherence to Appearance

(Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, September 12, 2011) Two decades ago, I took a “self-improvement” seminar in Dallas. The seminar leader, an out-of-towner, commented in the beginning that, “I’ve heard Dallas is all about looking good.” I recalled that observation last week while I was reading about the year-long …

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Indian Market: Why this and not that?

Originally posted at my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com (8.22.11) Yesterday I sauntered down to town to stroll through my third Indian Market. I’m a looker, not a buyer or collector, so my eye is less critical and less easily captured. If pressed to honesty, I’d have to admit I’m there for the …

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The Local Community Hospital Game

This laments the loss of Santa Fe’s only hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, to the CHRISTUS chain of corporate hospitals. (2:32)

The Cross that Came Before

This was originally posted on my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com (submitted July 23, 2011). I’m not proud to admit that I live on the computer. Every day, I create, modify, copy, move, and otherwise manipulate dozens, if not hundreds, of many different types of computer files. It’s a storage, backup, and configuration management …

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The Only Game in Town

This video illustrates how CHRISTUS St. Vincent has become “the only game in town” when it comes to health care in Santa Fe. (4:04)

Visualizing America’s Manifest Destiny

The following video was created in response to issues raised in my research prospectus, Muraling Myths: Concerning the Kenneth Adams Murals in Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico. (4:04) As of 14 Nov 2020, this video is temporarily unavailable due to webhost migration. Please check back soon.

The Hard Rain Project

I stumbled upon this traveling display in Santa Fe in May 2010. Powerful images to the lyrics of Bob Dylan. (7:14) See the Hard Rain Project for more. As of 14 Nov 2020, this video is temporarily unavailable due to webhost migration. Please check back soon.

A Nonconforming Easter Homily

U2, Martin Luther King, and “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (5:59) As of 14 Nov 2020, this video is temporarily unavailable due to webhost migration. Please check back soon.

How Many Ancestors?

Have you ever stopped to think about how many individuals it took to create you? (2:50)

Hold On, Mr. President

In recognition of Presidents’ Day and Black History Month, we should never forget that historical attitudes never really go away. Prejudice is belief left unchallenged, and we never lack unchallenged beliefs. Historical clips come from the PBS American Experience presentation of “Eyes on the Prize: The American Civil Rights Movement (1954-1985).” Music playlist: “Keep your …

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The American Way

About once every other generation or so, we seem to need a good record burning. Unfortunately. (7:05) As of 14 Nov 2020, this video is temporarily unavailable due to webhost migration. Please check back soon.

(Supremely) Bad Words

Special to the Star-Telegram Every three decades or so, there’s a federal case over broadcasting bad language. The most recent was on Election Day before the Supreme Court. Note: in the original print edition (image below), the headline was “Actually, the Constitution is pretty clear on things.” I objected to the editor afterwards and the …

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Semantic pollution fouling the airwaves

Special to the Star-Telegram Chesapeake Energy’s impressive and expensive PR campaign has folks asking questions. Lots of questions. One of the overlooked and under-reported aspects related to drilling in the Barnett Shale is the negative impact to our local linguistic environment. We’re not talking particulate matter here. This is the worrisome increase in measurable propagandulate …

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