A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

My Good Friend's Grief and Suffering

The Anchoress' brother has finally passed on. His illness was long and wearing on her and her family. Go over and offer your prayers and good wishes.

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi, swa ha! (3x)
Om Mani Padme Hung! (108x)
Karmapa khyen no! (1080x)


Blogger The Anchoress said...

Thank you, Joe, for acknowledging my brother's passing, and for your kind condolences. We have a lot of friends from Italy, and all week they have been greeting me with a kiss and the words "condole'" it's been very heartening...and I know your Buddhist prayers carry with them the same sentiment, for which I say thank you and ask a blessing on you in return. :-)

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