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Undecided Voters

In an earlier post,  I made the following statement: "Undecided voters are usually much more important to look at than those voters who have made up their minds,...but not always.  It's time to explain what I meant. Undecided voters are usually important, because the assumption is ( and studies have shown this) that once a…

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Dream Poem 1 - The Word

I've talked on this blog about autobiographical poems, ones that attempt to express the truth about my life; and I've talked about Story poems, ones that seem to be autobiographical, but really aren't.  There is also another category - the dream poem, a poem that came to me, essentially fully written, when I woke up…

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Story Poem 1

Sometime back, I announced that I was going to post autobiographical poems on this site from time to time.  You can expect more of them in the near future. This post is the first of a series of poems that I call story poems.   The difference is this: an autobiographical poem tells a story about…

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Two Polls are Better Than One

As I said in my first post on this subject, there  are times when an underfunded local campaign is better off doing two or more simple polls rather than one large, more complicated and more expensive poll.   Sometimes, this is because knowing how a particular message is doing with the electorate over time is extremely…

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Parody

A parody is an imitation of a serious work of art for comic effect.   In general, I avoid true parodies; when I imitate a poet as, for example, here, I usually have some other purpose than simply making fun.   In 1967, however, I did write a parody of Edward Fitzgerald's  most famous quatrain from…

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Redistricting the U. S. Senate

I read an interesting article in the 3/16/15 issue of the New Yorker today.   It said that of the eight democratic governments around the world that have both an upper and a lower legislative body, the United States has the most malapportioned and least representative upper house. The U. S. Senate is a historical…

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Playing with Meter 1: The Anapest

In my first book for children, "A is for Arnyx: An Alphabet in Verse," I set out to write a book of children's poetry, that would not only be fun to read aloud, but which would allow me to experiment with meter and verse forms, a long-time interest if mine. From time to time on this…

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I Had a Thought

Today is Light Verse Thursday, and I'm giving myself permission to post an exceptionally silly verse: I Had a Thought (1967) I had a thought the other day, While falling down the stair. "I'll shortly land, quite hard I fear, I guess I'd best prepare." And then I thought:"Suppose I say I quite refuse to…

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A Poll is a Snapshot of the Electorate

In an earlier post,  I talked about how  I got into polling for local elections, and gave a ;ist of key points about polls that local candidates should know.   This is the first of several posts in which I will elaborate on that list.  (Note: In all my posts on polling, I assume that the…

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The Farmlands Group

When Pat and I first came to Sonoma County in 1984, she was already a committed activist, and I guess I was as well.   We were certainly looking for ways to get involved in our new community. One of the first issues we tackled was farmlands preservation.  In the 70's, two Sonoma County Supervisors, Chuck…

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"for 'twere absurd to think that nature in the earth bred gold, perfect in the instant;
there must be remote matter." - Ben Jonson
"I don't know what the question is, but art is the answer." - Guy Conner

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