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Not Alike in Dignity

The heuristic for my philosophy of art is that it must have some value in at least one of the three categories of beauty, meaning, or difficulty. I’m not making an attempt to universalize this framework as I realize the subjective nature of, at the very least, two out of the three, but it does…

Overstimulated

Way back in 1978 or thereabouts Springfield representative Ed Boland, yes, he of the Boland Amendment, got money for building a new federal courthouse in Springfield. As a broad redevelopment of the downtown was very much underway it was decided to place the new courthouse right on Main Street and to use the attached parking…

Maple Street

Events are in control. Jim Kunstler has been predicting that this time would come for a decade or more and it feels as though it is finally coming to pass. The response on this end has been to contemplate where I am in all aspects of my life from physical and mental health to financial…

The (news) Stand

If memory serves and, to be honest it probably doesn’t, the list I used to give my home search some direction was divided into “musts” and “prefers”. On the must side was a walkable neighborhood with access to public transit. The walkable thing ended up with me looking from the Main Street spine of the…