Author Archives: David L. Brown

To Live in Interesting Times

By David L. Brown The Chinese culture is enriched by a wealth of sayings about the vagaries of life. One such is in the form of a witty curse: May you live in interesting times. Well, we are certainly living … Continue reading

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Reactivating Star Phoenix

By David L. Brown I began blogging on this site in 2006. For about five years I posted fairly regularly, usually with in-depth essays, more than 400 in all. After the death of my wife in 2011 I became interested … Continue reading

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Living in a Non-Private World

By David L. Brown I first noticed the intrusive nature of the internet about five years ago when I wrote a private, personal email to another Ace of Spades member offering to review his novel, and in the subject line … Continue reading

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Yes I am still alive

By David L. Brown Well, it has been about five years since I posted anything here, and if there is anyone out there (Hello-o-o?) you may have thought I had passed beyond the realm of the living. Not so, for … Continue reading

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On Reading

By David L. Brown From time to time I have written on various aspects of writing. Today I’m looking through the other end of the telescope to consider the subject of reading, for without the ability to read no one … Continue reading

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A Personal Reminiscence of My Wife

By David L. Brown This is a personal note for today, which is a special day in my life. If my wife Patricia still lived, this would have been our 50th wedding anniversary. Sadly, she passed away June 21, 2011. … Continue reading

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Starve-Yourself-Old Theory Takes a Hit

By David L. Brown For some time now there’s been an assumption floating around that if you reduce your caloric intake to about 30 percent below the required daily intake you will earn yourself more years of life. I suspect … Continue reading

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Drought Colors America Red

By David L. Brown I usually don’t write short posts on this blog. In fact, some may think I’m too verbose. Well, guilty I guess, although I like to examine subjects in depth and analyze the various factors involved. In … Continue reading

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Arctic Ice Melting at Accelerating Pace

By David L. Brown As we all know by now there is no global warming or climate change, thanks to a concerted effort by deniers to insist that we all put our fingers in our ears and recite “La, la, … Continue reading

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Keep Kicking that Ethanol Can

By David L. Brown Yesterday I posted an analysis of the current forecasts for a poor corn crop due to heat and drought, and also mentioned that the obvious step to take is to suspend all ethanol production to free … Continue reading

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