What I want for Christmas: a satellite, a force field, peace…

Someone asked what I want for Christmas, so here’s a list:

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Eye in the sky, image by PIRO4D from Pixabay 
  • My own spy satellite.
  • A force field around my bicycle to repel motor vehicles. (Two if you can swing it. One for me and one for Mrs. Smith.)
  • Peace on Earth.
  • A massive worldwide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2020.
  • A non-criminal POTUS.
  • Everyone to know the difference between tenet and tenant.
  • An end to the senseless arguments about Harvard commas, which we all know are just regular commas that are often used when they’re unnecessary.

Please be sure to reply to all so everyone knows what you’re getting me. I don’t want two satellites and no Peace on Earth.

Write on,

B.J.

An open text from out there

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We see you.

You are what your Anglos call “humans.”
We can tell by the way you move about
and the noises that you make.

You build machines that fly
to nearby planets and machines
that kill your own species.

Your home teems with sustenance,
yet many wither and die
as other humans thrive.

You seek other life
yet don’t know
how to live your own.

We wait to see you open your eyes,
then maybe you will see us.


First launched on Medium, August 13, 2016

Whither American greatness?

We create magical devices — manufactured elsewhere — that sit in our palms and can tell us there is good pizza around the corner, but we can’t get our hands around a version of our future that unpacks the mysteries of the great beyond.

via American Greatness 2.0 — Press Play — Medium.