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To be human requires the ability to remember with empathy – it’s the mental tissues (pages) and cells in our brain that allows us to observe, record and catalogue while offering context to the reality and perceptions of one’s existence – a knowledge and experience of our yesterdays. Without that memory we lack knowledge about […]

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Inquiries: Conflict draws our eyes by L J Frank

Conflict – we have arrived at a juncture where breaking news is an anticipated breath. Language at times is a propaganda jungle. Circumstantial – a photo of a dead child washed up on a distant shore, a crowd of people after being struck by a truck, the limbs of a human being lying on a […]

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Life is messy feels like a cliché, but then try living a paycheck away from the streets. Until you experience poverty you have little room to judge the impoverished while going home to a warm house, apartment, condominium or dwelling made of canvas. Shared bodily warmth, someone who understands you and is able to tolerate differences […]

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Humane rests with context. The 20th and 21st century meld together with higher technologies being one of the consistent artificial ingredients that produces a metamorphosis from mercy outside a technological context to mercy within a technological context. To do unto others as you would have others do unto you is a romantic concept. It has all but disappeared on […]

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Inquiries: The nuances of our future are ambiguous by L J Frank

Ideas change over time, as does the human perspective on history. Revisions to history occur and are made. Textbooks and recommended reading, viewing and listening matter are filled with revisions as more evidence-based knowledge is gained, though much remains to be explored. The challenge is not all revisions are based on fact. A nuanced agenda […]

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Inquiries: Coffeehouse Politics, Revolution and Hope* by L J Frank

(*An excerpt from the book that Frank is currently writing) It’s uncertain as to the first political transaction made over a cup of coffee. Middle East and African traditions suggest Ethiopia and other parts of Africa as far back as the 7th century. As a crop, coffee was not cultivated until the 9th century depending […]

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Inquiries: A footnote fetish revisited by L J Frank

I find footnotes quite appealing for one never knows for certain when one might chance upon an elongated or even short stubby morsel of knowledge that is provocative with a certain discerning taste and subsequently a cause for further probing, insertion, reflection and question. A singular footnote of substance can be I suppose quite seductive […]

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Inquiries: The death of an idea called America? by L J Frank

Our most intimate and revealing clothing is our language (and the actions that follow that language). Is racism, misogyny, bullying, hate, greed, “arrogance of deception,” disinformation and fear now more than ever potent ingredients in the language of politics surrounding the American dream or fantasy? Populist fantasies when they are played out may have unsettling […]

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An emerging twenty-first century issue of government is an increased recognition of “human value.” That issue comes under sharp focus within an economy that is at odds with the increasing rise in numbers of educated poor. Coupled with that increase is the outdated “norm” of at-will employment. A new paradigm is needed for employer and […]

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Diplomacy has a long tumultuous history with numerous revisions during its illustrious coursing through the centuries. It’s an art, not a science. If you are a conqueror then the language of diplomacy changes to justify the reason for your being in power. Language is diplomacy in action and is a largely successful human experiment with […]

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Inquiries: The symbolic architecture of the door by L J Frank

I think of the door both as a physical reality and as a metaphor. Its design, construction and composition reveal the thoughts of the designer about the context of entrance and access to a potentially mythic space. In my voyages and treks to varied and disparate places, I have come across doors that enchant and […]

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Inquiries: A philosophical approach to the primitive mind and reincarnation by L J Frank

The word soul is complex, at least for me. Much of what I’ve read has been abstract, poetic, romantic and highly imaginative. People cling to the idea of immortality. Writing is one way to achieve that state of mind. Though much writing is forgotten over time and weeded out of the mind’s library. At times writing […]

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