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David Boles: Human Meme
12 minutes | 3 days ago
Putting it on the Record
A "Deal is a Deal" is dead and gone. A handshake is cancelled. All the terms of keeping your word have now gone the way of the comfort of community where you once belonged merely by being. Now the world is about paper, contracts, and the forced enrollment of a morality that no longer matters.
10 minutes | 10 days ago
Hoping the World Will Return to You
As the world spins forward, we, the newly aged, get left behind. What are we to make of the changes in a culture that cancels the opposite opinion, and where booty shaking overrules the arched foot? In the end, we shall all return together for the yearning of the faraway fire lighted just for us.
11 minutes | 17 days ago
Life of a Ghost
Ghosts get the work done. Ghosts become us. Ghosts are up from the grave to provide solace against "Cancel Culture" -- because you cannot kill what does not care!
15 minutes | 24 days ago
Camp Kitaki and One Tin Soldier
Music connects us to the living, and reminds us of our demise. In the Summer of 1973, the Coven song, "One Tin Soldier" was on the top of the music charts, and that tune was sung by 8-year-olds in the yellow school bus, on the way home from Camp Kitaki, in Nebraska. Music supplies the memories for our memes.
12 minutes | a month ago
David Boles Bells: A Recantation
If you're pressing over 50, then you need a good Kettlebell workout! Welcome to the new BolesBells.com website and blog -- the right place for those who have lived over half a century, and for those who also want to keep their health and power. As we age, there are more specific concerns about health, strength and agility that we need to address as we do our best to always move forward from the grave.
13 minutes | a month ago
Sex and the Vegan
Naming conventions matter. Words have definitions beyond simple branding. The sexualization of Veganism for profit is a dangerous copulation with afterbirth results. Being Vegan is more than a sexual slur!
37 minutes | 2 months ago
The Final 20 Minutes
Why do so many dramatic stories fail in the final 20 minutes? Today, we will find out together using Denzel Washington's, THE LITTLE THINGS, movie as a template for a disaster in storytelling. We'll also discuss The Greeks, Aristotle, THE CURE AT TROY, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, CITIZEN KANE, and the SEVEN SECONDS television show. Here's your three-year, Ivy League, MFA in Playwriting earned in 36 minutes!
11 minutes | 2 months ago
Don't Bet on the Grave
Be not enchanted by death. Take a risk with the living and propel your ideas forward into imagination, and not eternal dreaming. History is a context of what was about to happen, not about what is about to begin now. Wager against the headstone and insist on touching the horizon.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
We use rituals to provide contextual meaning for human progress. In that systemic release of both joy and disappointment, the ritualistic flow defines the ongoing morality of a community. If we choose not to be a part of the flow, then we have become an impediment to the progressive means of humanity.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
Old Timers for Young Folks
Here are some thoughts for young people. Sometimes we need to test our values beyond our boundaries, we must often forsake our happiness for the greater good; and, finally, it is only up to us to actually get something done that is everlasting.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
Bob Dylan Sold Us Out
Bob Dylan betrayed us for a buck. What does an artist owe an audience? Faithfulness? Predictability? The assumption of kindness? Bob Dylan sold his songs for a fortune, and in the process, lost the world. Now let's use his own words against him.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Rescuing the District
Washington, DC is, and always must remain, a golden city. Here's my story of landing, fresh-faced from Nebraska, in our nation's capital during the summer of 1987 -- and how life there is now irrevocably changed by the January 6, 2021 insurrection.
11 minutes | 3 months ago
A Cosmic Latte and the Cult of Ignorance
Sometimes simple is not so smart. Americans tend to prefer the dumb over the keen -- just because one is easier to understand, and share, than the other. That lackadaisical mendacity must not be allowed to be a substitute for greatness. Reject Boaty McBoatface. Rejoice in the genius of others!
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Always Too Late
We spend our lives apologizing. We express regret for thoughts and feelings we cannot repress. Not every thought need be shared or spoken. Even when we know better, we still take a step too far, we still arrive at peace too late, we are still unable to stop the inevitable spew of hurt in reclamation.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Just Because You Did It...
Our system of law is broken. The guilty are set free. The innocent are doing hard time. Is there any way to get out of this moral morass that enrobes us like tar and sinks our highest aspirations?
7 minutes | 4 months ago
On Anticipation of the Eve
The night before is more powerful than the event of the day. We place great cultural value on moon anticipation of the moment when the result of the next sun often churns to disappointment and decay.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Bruce Lee on Being Water
There is no doubt Bruce Lee was a SuperGenius. If you want an example of his brilliance beyond the screen and Martial Arts, learn here today how he viewed the form and the substance of water and how we are what we become.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
On Caring Less
Careless. Could care less. Couldn't care less. Caring is important, but too often too many of us focus on happiness and not caring, and that's when the monsters among us act to strike down our smiles in a walk-by grin sniping.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
Real Minority Rules
Noam Chomsky warns us the real minority in America are the wealthy. We need to wise up and get smarter! The Founding Fathers created these United States, not for the benefit of the many, but for the few. Our government was constructed to protect the particular minority interests of the rich, not welfare of the common person, and the sooner we know that, and act upon that information, the better off we'll be accepting why 50% of us hates the other half of us.
11 minutes | 5 months ago
Canned Food and the Food Desert
No body chooses to go hungry. How do we feed a universal hungering that starts in the food desert and ends on the urban street corner? We are Constitutionally obligated "to promote the general welfare," and that includes getting food, and healthcare, to every body that needs the assistance.
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