“Why We Do Not Behave Like Human Beings” by Ralph Adams Cram, with Discussion

U.S. Inauguration Day:
“All the multiple manifestations of a free and democratic society fail of their predicted issue, and we find ourselves lapped in confusion and numb with disappointment and chagrin.”

“Why We Do Not Behave Like Human Beings”

Ralph Adams Cram

The Ancient doctrine of progressive evolution which became dominant during the last half of the nineteenth century, was, I suggest, next to the religious and philosophical dogmas of Dr. Calvin and the political and social doctrines of M. Rousseau, the most calamitous happening of the last millennium. In union with Protestantism and democracy, and apparently justified in its works by the amazing technological civilization fostered by coal, iron, steam and electricity, it is responsible for the present estate of society, from which there is no escape, it would seem, except through comprehensive calamity. Continue reading

Lights in the North Dakota Night Sky

We were sitting around the kitchen table, telling stories.
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Lights in the North Dakota Night Sky

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“Biking in the Spring” by Steve Kosbab

Springtime Special:
The arrival of spring is ever of note.
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“Biking in the Spring”

Steve Kosbab

Rolling out the wheels after a winter’s rest,
Inspecting all to make sure it is right.
Jumping on the seat,
Gripping the handlebars, testing the brakes.
Then, wow!
I’m off, like a dragracer or derby horse just
Out of the gate.
The wind in my face, the fresh spring air
Through my lungs.
The sun on my back.
Speeding, swaying, swerving
Right into a puddle, and down. Continue reading

“A Ghost Town Bike Tour” by Celeste Inez Mathilda

Exploring emptiness in the Canadian prairie, with adventure, and melancholy, and rhapsody; cemeteries of Norwegian and Icelandic immigrants; goats and a threatening dog; the lost town of Snowflake, Manitoba; and commentary on agriculture, agribusiness, memory, decay, and the whole of rurality.
⁓The Voice before the Void

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“April Afternoons” by The Voice before the Void

Springtime Special:
The month of April returns and fleets.
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“April Afternoons”

The Voice before the Void

A Wednesday
Young men die in April
The time of the spring offensives
Sortying south of the wall
Or over the top into the mud

A Friday
It is a feat to survive the guileless aimless lust-surge of youth Continue reading

3 Stories of World War II Norway from Wikipedia

D-Day Anniversary Special:
In commemoration of World War II and the Holocaust
The complexities of the heroism, the horror, and the legacy of the Second World War, illustrated in three stories of Norway.
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“Carl Fredriksens Transport”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carl Fredriksens Transport was the code name for an operation during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany to help Jews and other persecuted Norwegians escape persecution, deportation, and murder in death camps. The name of Carl Fredriksens Transport was based on the name of the exiled Norwegian king Haakon VII, who was Carl, son of Fredrik, but also sounded like a common Norwegian name. Continue reading