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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

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Football-Minded Obsession – Roger Ingalls

American football, the greatest sport ever conceived. It has all the elements that I love; physical presence, cunning, strategic planning, tactical perfection, statistical tendencies, competitive analysis and the willingness to lay it all on the line.

Football emulates life. Most, if not all, the elements described above are used daily and in many aspects of life. Getting a job, marketing, selling, politics, courting and even mating requires sophisticated gamesmanship.

I’ve watched and played football since I was a kid and my mind has been groomed to pursue every endeavor as if I were on the gridiron chasing the pigskin. It has served me well over the years but there is a downside.  It would be nice to just be able to disengage the brain, relax and enjoy life without auto-thinking the next conquest. It’s seems impossible to retrain an old brain. It’s a kill or be killed world.

An aging body can no longer play the sport but some smart football-minded person invented a new game called Fantasy Football for the physically unable to perform. After ten years of trying, I’m proud to say that the title of champion is mine.

The first game of the 2012 regular season is on the TV as I’m writing this post. American football is brutal, exciting, glamorous and defines our warring culture. It epitomizes who we are.

It’s a sickness but I love it. Go Pack Go!

Trying to Move the Climate Stalemate

Neil Goldberg’s excellent post on Monday frustrated me.Millions of people displaced by rising water isn’t a major world issue? I started to do my own search and while more is appearing on the Internet, it seemed either too scientific (for me at least), too confusing or politically vague. One site that did stand out is Planet Change.

I did find this interview helpful and have included it here. Listen to the Good Cop, Bad Cop question (or rather the answer).

Despite Miles Austin’s optimism (not the Dallas Cowboys player), I can’t help wondering why there is no sense of urgency. Does it dull people’s senses to discuss 2020 or 2050? The reality is that the problem is so huge in magnitude that we have very little time and just reaching a global consensus seems too difficult to reach.

Have I missed anything? Anyone out there in the blogosphere have a ray of optimism to glean from the crumbs thrown down by the UN Climate Conference?


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/ and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

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