Day 1

Seattle is hilly

Seattle is rough

Seattle is green to the point of not being conscious of that fact

Seattle is a water city

Seattle is a town of  people who are vocally particular

Day 2

A conference is a conference is a conference

Alaska is a suburb of Seattle

Day 3

Seattle is a flower bower

Seattle is moist and fresh

Seattle is sunny

Day 4

Seattle is blue.

Day 5

Seattle is advanced coffee.

 

 

 

 

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Doggerland,unlike NeverNeverLand and Atlantis, is a place that did exist but doesn’t anymore.

At one point about 12,000 years ago, Great Britain was connected to the rest of Europe by a landmass. This place was called Doggerland because of its proximity to Dogger Bank

I found out about Doggerland by reading, Karin Bojs’s book,  My European Family: The First 54,ooo years.  Bojs who was using genetic genealogy to trace her ancestors describes Doggerland as a place where hunter gatherers “migrated with the seasons, fishing, hunting, and gathering food such as hazelnuts and berries.”

Doggerland was apparently destroyed by a tsunami in approximately 6,200 BC.

Doggerland sounds like a hunter gatherer paradise, doesn’t it. But Doggerland also serves as a warning; climate change can and will change where we live particularly when we live near water.

Esmay Parchment

Darryl C. Walls

Cory L. Cure

Marie Six

Newton G. Moodie

Vincent Stripto, Esq.

Bassil E. Bassil

Telina Hairston

Gerald Deus

Asia O’Brien

There is no book genre on a bad day or a long flight like Chick Lit. I was having a bad day so I bought The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger.

The Singles Game is not a particularly good book. It is also not Lauren Weisberger’s best book; I recommend The Devil Wears Prada. But I found an interesting reflection of changing social mores buried in the plot of The Singles Game.

Our heroine, a great tennis player and very nice person, vapes cannabis at a party. To conform to the requirements of this genre, she has never smoked cannabis and gets high accidentally.

Our heroine is shamed. But those around her are not. Her requisite best friend says “It actually sounds kind of chic. Pot is legal in a whole bunch of states. I don’t know how many, but it’s a lot.” Her father comforts her “sweetheart , I was going to say that you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes.”

In a chick lit novel, our heroine can blunder but not in way that will permanently alienate us. Notice that cannabis has become this sort of  a tolerable transgression. Notice that the book acknowledges that pot has become legal. Times have changed.

Bear with me. Here’s the syllogism.

Humans need gods to worship to make sense of the universe.

Gods are humans with super power benefits.

The Greek gods [Ares, Athena, Hera] are an example of this phenomenon.

Among gods, there is a Supreme God.

Zeus is the supreme God of the Greek gods.

 

Comic book superheroes are the gods of the post modern world.

The Marvel comic universe of superheroes [The Avengers] is an example of this phenomenon.

Ironman appears in and plays a prominent part in all Marvel comic universe movies thus far.

Ironman is the Supreme God of the Marvel comic universe.

Ironman is portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.

Therefore Robert Downey Jr is Zeus.

 

Was it Foucault who asked what difference it makes who the author is ? Yes. As we have to chosen to be  named content producers, it seems we’ve decided that the identity does matter.This makes me wonder about that pocket of anonymous writers: the greeting card writers and specifically the writers of Netflix envelope reviewers.

For example, here is the review of The Founder:

The concept and expansion of McDonald’s global fast-food empire represent one of the great success stories of American business. This meaty biopic profiles company founder Ray Kroc, whose canny instincts turned McDonald’s into a golden brand.

The choice of the word canny suggests that the writer is a person who likes to play with words. Now are the choice of meaty and golden, funny straight up, funny tongue in cheek or [this is unlikely] funny oblivious? How can we know without knowing who the author is.?