The Parting Glass

“But since it falls unto my lot That I should rise and you should not I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call Good night and joy be with you all” – “The Parting Glass” It shouldn’t have worked.  No vegetarian civil rights lawyer from Maryland’s metropolitan core should have found himself matched with a daughter …

White Identity and Its Paradoxes

NOTE: A few years ago on the professional site BruceGodfrey.com, I posted an essay about white identity as a component of an American caste system.  This post is, to some extent, a sequel to that post. As a species, we handle pain more gracefully than we handle cognitive dissonance or meaninglessness.  White identity in the United …

Raspberry Wine

So I failed.  I tried to stay positive for a month, with the intent to do so for three months, to end after 100 days with a bang on July 4th. And I couldn’t do it, or keep doing it, but at least I learned something, and it also wasn’t a total failure. I can …

Positivity 100 – Day 11, April 5, 2018

At the banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you can take, and you keep what you can hold. If you can’t take anything, you won’t get anything, and if you can’t hold anything, you won’t keep anything. And you can’t take anything without organization. – A. Philip Randolph How …

Positivity 100 – Day 9, April 3, 2018

Why “Working Scribe”? A few years ago, maybe 2004 or so, a voicemail between two big-firm associates became “internet infamous.” In that exchange, one was berating the other by voicemail for alleged failure to send a marked-up mortgage draft or the like back during mildly tense negotiations, asking whether or why certain desired changes couldn’t …

Positivity 100 – Day 8, April 2, 2018

“Shmaayah would say: ‘Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government.’” – Ethics of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot 1:10) The blockquote above is an excerpt from the volume of Jewish law and learning known as the Sayings or Ethics of the Fathers (Hebrew: Pirkei Avot.) It is a relatively short volume …

Positivity 100 – Day 7, April 1, 2018

To the left is a “tiffin” or “tiffin box”, a sealed lunch box used in India to hold and transport a lunch or other meal.  An Apple USB wall plug is included in the photo for size comparison. They are most famously associated with Mumbai, where literally hundreds of thousands of home-cooked meals arrive still-warm …