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The Great Transition

By Peter Molenaar 403 - 221 BC… The newly developed cupola type furnace emerged like so many mushrooms upon the land. Masses were rallied to the stacks…all available iron was to be sacrificed between layers of glowing coke (i.e., coal). Such was the Warring States Period in Chinese history. June 1979… I would survive Smith Foundry’s [...]

Clean Power?

By Peter Molenaar Tucked in the south-west corner of the Phillips Neighborhood is an impressive facility dubbed the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center.  The Center saw our Congressman Keith Ellison play host to a “celebration of the Clean Power Plan.”  Yes, the aggrandizements were well distributed, to be sure.  However, my inner voice [...]

Magic Stone

By Peter Molenaar Apart from the smooth “water stones” deposited by the last glacier was a jagged chunk of glassy black obsidian fused to a layer of grainy brown basalt. Evidently, some billion years ago, there had been a torrential rain in conjunction with volcanic activity. It is the southward path of Portland Avenue which leads ultimately [...]

“Democracy” and Bees

My butternut squash plants have commenced to flower and set their early fruit. Like all curcubits (squash, melons, cucumbers, gourds, pumpkins) they are monecious, meaning the male and female aspects are embodied in one plant. However, the flowers themselves are not hermaphroditic. The male and female blooms are separate. The males reveal in [...]

Cut Worms And Radishes

By Peter Molenaar “Cut worms” are members of the largest family in the Lepidoptera, i.e., they are larvae of a moth.  It was not a rabbit which murdered your tender young tomato, it was the devil incarnate. Behold the innocent one, plump and curled in the form of a C beneath the severed plant.  What role in nature did its ancestors play?  [...]

Fly the Friendly Skies

By Peter Molenaar Monday, May 18… The Metropolitan Airports Commission was to convene its monthly meeting with a lengthy agenda.  Star employees were to receive awards! Smile.  However, the deeper concern was this:  Should the low-wage classifications be bumped up $1.00 from the minimum wage? So rendezvous at the Lake Street Station for a [...]

Levels of Consciousness

By Peter Molenaar Let us recall that the realm of philosophy is divided into two camps.  ‘Philosophical Materialism’ asserts that the universe existed prior to consciousness, whereas “idealists” believe the universe was created from consciousness. Curiously, the Buddhists among us avoid the mind-body question, choosing instead to seek [...]

One Day…

By Peter Molenaar March17, about 3:10 p.m…. Picked up Camila for a 3:30 rendevous with CTUL.  Camila is a “red-diaper baby” of Chilean descent, recently returned from a tour of Cuba.  Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) is a worker’s center which rallies the community in support of vulnerable low-wage workers.    We [...]

Our Planet Spins

By Peter Molenaar Numerous Ward 9 activists will recall the elongated moment which delivered the DFL endorsement to Alondra Cano on her initial bid for a City Council seat. The democratic spirit had prevailed in recognition of her competence…or so it seemed. Ty Moore and the Socialist Alternative were then determined to mount a vigorous [...]

Against Hate Speech

By Peter Molenaar My father’s recent “cardiac event” made time for the two of us to revisit family history. Ancestors had been burned at the stake or otherwise repeatedly dunked under water until dead…and the bullies of childhood left marks as well. Nonetheless, in his medical practice, father treated religious people with devotion. Why [...]

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