Monthly Archives: September 2014

Great Work is Done While We’re Asleep: Wendell Berry versus Dow Chemical

I tend not to like much modern poetry.  I realize that this may say more about me and my ignorance than about the poetry.  Nonetheless, I tend not to get too far beyond the Romantics.  Then again, I’m very much … Continue reading

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From Hinduism to Buddhism: The Importance of the Sangha

Buddhists identify the sangha – or community – as one of the Three Jewels or Refuges of Buddhism.  Many Hindu teachers likewise emphasize the importance of satsang or good company.  In my experience, they’re right to do so.  A supporting … Continue reading

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A Future Genealogy

Donna Markale and Alexi Baker got married.  They wanted to be egalitarian of course, so they hyphenated their names.  They had a daughter named Jean. Jean Markale-Baker married Hans Holzer-Pennick.  They wanted to be egalitarian of course, so they hyphenated … Continue reading

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Someone Remove Muslim-Hating John Bennett from Office

Oklahoma state Representative John Bennett’s  statements are more horrible and significant than press coverage indicates. Last week, Bennett spoke to a hundred of his constituents.  He told them that Muslims are “a cancer that must be cut out of American … Continue reading

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My Water, My Responsibility

I know where my water comes from.  Shouldn’t we all?  It shouldn’t appear miraculously in our houses.  That’s too must trust to people in other people and too little responsibility on our parts.  I want to take responsibility for my … Continue reading

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My Favorite World War III Films

I posted my favorite World War III books last time.  Today I list some interesting WWIII films.  They are all available on YouTube. The War Game (BBC, 1965).  This film shows the inadequacy of British civil defense in the face … Continue reading

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My Favorite World War III Literature

I grew up during the darkest and most dangerous part of the Cold War, from about 1978 to 1983.  President Carter had killed the detente after misunderstanding Soviet intentions in Afghanistan.  We abandoned our no-first strike nuclear policy.  Then came … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to Integral.  You can find information here on my books.  I also write on a variety of topics here, including dreams, family history, philosophy of technology, war, waste disposal, Zen, and more.  Scroll down to read my latest posts.  … Continue reading

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Poor Protestant Grandma’s Catholic Gentry Heritage

The first English settlers arrived in Maryland in 1634.  My first Maryland ancestors arrived there sometime before 1643.  Hester Evans, my ninth great grandmother on my paternal grandmother’s side, was born that year in Charles County, Maryland.  So, my earliest … Continue reading

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Books That Don’t Say What People Say They Say: The Clash of Civilizations

Note: Given the current conflict in Ukraine, which Samuel Huntington predicted, I think it timely to discuss this book.  It gives valuable insight into our current problems. Over the last year I repeatedly heard colleagues of mine refer to Samuel … Continue reading

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