Category Archives: Struggling

Worth Reading…

Serious question: when is outrage appropriate? Because I’m a progressive democrat and Donald Trump is now president of the United States. As I write this, my Facebook feed is falling apart. I’ve seen videos of riots in the streets, people … Continue reading

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Couple of Quotes….

A couple of quotes from browsing today:  This quote is one that we should all bear in mind – especially ‘believers’ who have not yet gone hardcore; this is what we’ve seen throughout history, and we’re still seeing in bloody political theatre with ISIS/ISIL … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Little Treasure….

Looking for something else among my files today, I came across this title:  “IOHANNENSIA HYPOMNEMATA”.  (Hypomnemata is the plural of a Greek word meaning variously a reminder, a commentary, an anecdotal record, and so on.)  I could not recall creating the … Continue reading

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Challenges and Confessions (reblogged from Paul Bryson)

Originally posted on Stoic Lawyer:
I haven’t posted much recently, for some good reasons and some bad reasons. The good reasons are easy to discuss–I’m focusing on building my practice; I don’t believe in blogging when I don’t have anything…

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Iohannian Blogs

Salvete, qui legunt –  At present I find myself with three blogs, in effect – this one on Blogger here, http://iohannkn.blogspot.com/;   my WordPress one  https://iohannkn.wordpress.com/  (a left-over from Microsoft’s personal pages days);   and now a shared one, the Redwood Stoa … Continue reading

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Sharing Another Blogger’s Resentment, Worry and Despair – and My Comments (Which I Think are Worthwhile)

I just finished posting a long, long comment on a fellow blogger’s site – “Help, They Want Me to Socialize!”.  He was worrying about his future, and so much of what he was rehearsing was exactly the kinds of things … Continue reading

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CAPTAIN KOSMOS at KosmosFlot

I just found an old blog entry that tickled me – blogger Captain Kosmos back in 2006 was also blogging of Space Fantasies of the sort I loved as a kid, and in particular he had good words to say … Continue reading

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Friends…?

Can I call anyone a friend these days and mean more than simply “acquaintance” or “co-worker”? Have I ever had friends that mattered? (“Mattered” at what level, Iohann? Many have, actually.) Have I systematically cut myself off from friends and … Continue reading

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The Bling and the Bleak

BLING & BLEAK!!! These are the two heads of modern American testosterone-fueled barbarism – “bling”, ornament, shock, attitude, success, and “bleak”, nihilism, winner-ism, crime-as-way-of-life-ism, “get over it”-ism. Not so different from other places, other times.

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Athletics and Stoicism

The old Stoics were often practiced Athletes and Soldiers and so on. How important were these visceral but disciplined activities to their practice of living? I think they must have been critical – one had to become pretty hard-boiled to … Continue reading

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Ideology, Revolution, Conformity, Love

I’ve just read a couple of brief bits from Communion: The Female Search for Love, a book by a woman named Bell Hooks (her affectation is to spell her name “bell hooks”, all lower case).  She’s a Feminist, apparently African-American, and … Continue reading

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More examples of BAD engineering in the electronic world: 1.  Android OS – Contacts applet – No provision made to enter a new contact.  You cannot start from zero — you cannot CREATE a contact.  All you can do is … Continue reading

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Ei qui hoc legat ~ I am hoping (aside from wanting to finish & digest Mr. Clor’s volume) to re-read Marcus Aurelius soon. I’ve only been through it once, and there was a lot there.  As always, the problem is practice, … Continue reading

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On Moderation, by Harry Clor.  Have begun this again – will try to study and grasp and evaluate his essays.  At this point:  Recommended; a sober look at the lost virtue. 

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12-SEP-2012 id est 12-SEP-2765 AUC Rant-orandum to Self:  It is hard to stay bouyant.  The world, unfolding as it would, seems hopeless – economically, in terms of work (my laziness trumps my pursuit of goals), in terms of my poor … Continue reading

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Reflections on Reading a Biography of Desmond Tutu

Reading a biography of Desmond Tutu.  Amazing how South Africa, despite the 30-odd years of violence and strife, has managed to pull itself together and not just explode, Balkans-style.  Amazing how the trite Episcopal/Anglican pop-theology of Bishop Tutu held throughout … Continue reading

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It has always bothered me – astonished me, really – that banks and such are legally able to sell MY debt.  It seems to me – at a human level – that if I owe someone – or in this … Continue reading

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Decent Words in a Rotten World (from 2008-01-22)

From 22-JAN-2008…. Decent Words in a Rotten World  There’s something wrong here. And there. Look around the corner – scan the news – recall your folks’ life – review your own. Something’s wrong. Everywhere. It’s called Life, the Big Picture, … Continue reading

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Politics…. (an old rant from 2009 or 2010)

(An old rant, from sometime in 2009 or 2010)  My head’s in a spin. Reading George Lakoff’s 2006 book, “Whose Freedom?”, his take on U.S. politics in recent years (post-911, and pre-economic debacle).  I’m trying to digest it. It’s disturbing … Continue reading

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"Not Wanted" Ads (an old rant from 2009 or 2010)

(An old rant, from ca. 2009 or 2010) Want ads are a funny business. They reflect the dog-eat-dog nature of economic life: those hiring always want better and still better employees, and the rest of the applicants can take a … Continue reading

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