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The Musings of Mike Spindell

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October 2015

Songs for Saturday About My Life

I thought about writing this post as I sat down to watch my favorite baseball team, the New York Mets, try to overcome the Kansas City Royals, who have beaten them in the first two games of the World Series.... Continue Reading →

The Koch Brother’s Regrets, the Tea Party and the Chaos of Republican Politics

Whether they admit it, or not, the oligarchs of Corporate Wealth, who stand behind the Republican Party are nervous. At the top, though behind the scenes, the GOP is run by a kind of American Aristocracy, made up of whose... Continue Reading →

Wednesday’s Poetry: Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

I imagine that there are some poetry purists who don't consider Leonard Cohen a great poet and in my opinion they are wrong. Cohen is in my opinion one of the great poets of his time and the fact that... Continue Reading →

Ben Carson: They’ll Vote for Him, But Wouldn’t Want Him to Marry Their Daughter

When my age was in the single digits, in the 1940's and 1950's, Jews were only beginning to become accepted in America. One of the jokes a young Jew like me often heard regarding a Jewish man was: "He's a... Continue Reading →

A Meditation on Ritual

For many years in the late 60’s and through the 70’s a group of twenty five friends and co-workers would camp for a weekend, on an island in the middle of Long Lake, in the Adirondack mountains. At the time... Continue Reading →

Playing Against A Stacked Deck

I believe that Las Vegas is the city that serves as the purest expression of the American Dream. This city is the heart of arguably the ugliest State in the Union, an impression I took away after several long drives... Continue Reading →

Saturday Schtick: Sarah Silverman

I recently saw the TV interview with comedian Sarah Silverman, on the show "Live From the Actor's Studio". Silverman is an accomplished artist, perhaps one of the best stand up comedians today. I couldn't get a copy of that show so... Continue Reading →

The Con Game of Heaven and Hell

As human intelligence multiplied exponentially in our dim pre-history at some point there came the realization of our mortality. Back then life was characteristically short, violent and dangerous. The knowledge of death was so present in every day living, that... Continue Reading →

The Lure of Certainty is the Fear of Uncertainty

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) :  “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Since the beginning of its existence on this planet untold millennia past, life has been a dangerous proposition for... Continue Reading →

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