Lincoln’s advice to lawyers:

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time….There will still be business enough.” From here

An example of the excellence of Doc Searls. These days about the only useful thing I get out of reading Dave is links like this, to another blogger who can clearly express interesting ideas. It’s gold.

Tonight my beloved wife is home at last after 16 days in the hospital for what is normally a routine one day procedure in the US. She suffered a lot & I so wish there could have been a Theravada Buddhist monk anywhere near our town to minister to her. She is so strong. ❤

“We may have come here on different ships, but we’re certainly all in the same boat now.”

Alveda King, 2020


Don't Protests Have Rules They Must Follow?

When did the rules change to bring about these free-for-alls? I don’t understand how this came to be! Dr. King used to decide to have a protest march, like the March to Selma. The time and route was clearly laid out and the time for the march clearly specified . The police would be along the route. When the destination was reached, Dr King and others would get up and speak. At the end, people would go home or if they decided not to disperse, they might be loaded onto buses and taken off to jail.

Even during Vietnam, people would march from A to B, give speeches, sing and shout and then go home or refuse to go home and be taken off to jail.

In this chaos I haven’t seen any leaders giving speeches at the end of a march. Now the police are apparently expected to protect entire cities on no specific schedule. Protesters can go anywhere they want, whenever they want, no predefined places designated for speeches and no speeches being given? No leaders of the protesters in evidence, no designated locations specified for protest. No licenses apparently required any longer to be obtained in advance for a protest march. How did it come to this??

It seems like people walk around anywhere they want, wherever they want, apparently waiting for sundown when they might be able find some good targets for looting. Really? There are no rules of any kind any longer? Well no wonder it appears that mob rule has taken over.

Was this all changed by some changes in laws that I didn’t hear about? Or maybe some court rulings that said there can be no rules any longer, that people are free to do whatever they want and whenever they want? Surely that can’t be right!

Serious question, no kidding! Can some folks please explain to me what is going on here in my country?? How did this come about?



0ne of the two astronauts who launched into space this afternoon toward the Space Station is an American ham radio operator, Bob Behnken, KE5GGX.

This is when we need a MLK, a great leader who people respect and will follow.

Best candidate so far is the Mayor of Atlanta.

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I’m glad that @dave moved to the country from NYC in 2019. Even he said it was good for him. See Scripting News for today. He pointed to the encounter that happened in Central Park & wrote that “there is so little space. It’s kind of a powder keg that way, even in normal times.”

“People see me all the time and they just can’t remember how to act.”

“Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts.”

Bob Dylan, 1974
Idiot Wind

Today is Bob’s birthday. He’s a few years older than I am, both of us growing up in the midwest. I will make my Rivers (including one on Bob), more prominent here. Of course I know that most people here don’t care. But we were very lucky to live during his lifetime!

Nojo Mini Concerts From Home

I stumbled onto mini concerts by Norah Jones, from her music room at home, scads of them. She is super talented on many instruments, very laid back with lovely big smiles. It’s her way of injecting something positive into these crazy times. What a joyful gift from a pro!

For Willie Nelson
7 May 2020
11 Apr 2020
26 Mar 2020
23 Apr 2020
2 Apr 2020
16 Apr 2020
She mentions her father, Ravi Shankar!!
That is NOT metaphorical. Her biological father was Ravi Shankar! No wonder she has huge talent!

“Life isn’t about finding yourself — or about finding anything.
“Life is about creating yourself.”

Bob Dylan, from Martin Scorsese’s 2019 documentary, Rolling Thunder Revue

More great Bob Dylan news, Columbia will publish his latest album of new songs, Rough And Rowdy Ways on June 19. It will include the two songs he has recently released on Twitter, plus a third new one that just dropped, False Prophet. Of course this is very big news!

” ‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door.
Oh! Hard times, come again no more.”

Stephen Foster, 1854

“For this is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great men have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what America must become.”

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time.