Author Archives: Eliot Mentor

A Fool’s Thanksgiving Notions

Most often thoughts of the Thanksgiving holiday are forward-looking, anticipating what may come.  Mention the word “Thanksgiving” and visions immediately come to mind of juicy slices of turkey, candied yams, dressing doused with savory turkey gravy, hot rolls dripping butter, … Continue reading

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Kinship

My friend, Gavin Stevens, recently happened upon a doe and fawn, and the sighting inspired significant thoughts about life, its fragility and the physical and delicate fragility of deer as a sign of beauty, which, of course, it is. I … Continue reading

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A Birthday Party

Ninety years gone by.  Not as many as 95 or 100, but still a long time.  An occasion for reflection and contemplation, a moment that is appropriate for a scan of the past and the present and also a look … Continue reading

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The Paranoia of Double Dip Death

Many definitions come with ambiguity. Others with a built-in rigidity. Take the word “recession.” One definition of that word is “two quarters of negative GDP growth.” In plain English, that means two quarters of “economic decline.” A somewhat different view … Continue reading

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What Quadra Saw

Breaking the crust of drifted snow with booted foot. Struggling up and across dubious and perilous mountain paths. Following footprints in ancient mud now hardened by time into stone. Following your footsteps. You had been here before, and here I … Continue reading

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Palinburgers, anyone?

Far be it for me to attempt to predict the outcome of the next presidential election. Remember the foolish headline that the Chicago Daily Tribune put out on the streets announcing the election of Tom Dewey and inferring that Harry … Continue reading

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Let “7” Be Like It Always Was

Over many millenia, mankind has fastened onto certain numbers, among its many superstitions, as talismans of good luck. Of course, there were also numbers that were deemed unlucky, even diabolical. Rolling dice to show a combination that adds up to … Continue reading

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