Category Archives: The Passing Scene

California and the Future of American Unity

Who could have imagined 30 years – heck, even a decade  – ago that one of the avatars of American liberalism, none other than Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown, would end up sounding a lot like George Wallace? Brown is leading … Continue reading

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Invoking the “S” Word (Secession)

 , Texas Tribune.  I’ll be frank: I don’t take a very sanguine view of the future of the United States. I no longer think that Americans are even capable of summoning the improvisational genius or idealism or whatever is required … Continue reading

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A Dystopian Future or Just Business as Usual?

I reflect back on the 1980’s as a good decade, but many science fiction writers of the time didn’t. As a recent article in The American Conservative observes, the 1980’s turned out providing a congenial context for a grim, dystopian … Continue reading

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God and the Non-Corporeal Human Exoskeleton

Borrowing from futurist Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants, I’ve been formulating the view that humanity has been in the business of constructing what I call a NHE (Noncorporeal Human Exoskeleton) for eons. What I mean by this is … Continue reading

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The Graduate: An American Classic

A friend’s recent social media post about the late Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, a fierce critic of the dehumanizing effects of communism and Western consumerism alike, reminded me of my latest viewing of one of my all-time favorite films,  The … Continue reading

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“Don’t Cry for Me, Alabama!”

Driving to breakfast early this morning, I heard on the radio that the Alabama House of Representatives would begin deliberation on the impeachment of the Goobernator, Robert Bentley, sometime next week. This report was followed by accounts of the skies over … Continue reading

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A Moral and Spiritual Presence

Eulogy to Terry David Bryson, III, delivered at Auburn United Methodist Church, March 19, 2017 The last picture I have of David is his walking away after we ate at Pannie George’s in south Auburn (Alabama) only three weeks ago.  … Continue reading

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