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.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Preparing For The New Year

My teachers observe the Tibetan New Year ten days from today. It is a lunar calendar which is approximately congruent with Chinese New Year. This time the congruence is exact, but other years there is a month's difference. The next week will be an intensive time for my monastery, with day long practices to expel the leftovers of the old year in preparation for the coming time of Chotrul Duchen, or the first fifteen days of the new year. These are said to be extremely good times for intensive practice. In those fifteen days the effects are greatly multiplied.

I, too, will be busy during the next week, though not as busy as my teachers. So I will not be blogging until the New Year turns. Feel free to read the compendiums and down the blogroll, and I will return to you on New Year's Day, the 30th, or but a little after.