Apr/May 2004

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We've learned that there are two sides to every story. In typical western fashion, we've turned what should have been a way of broadening our understanding into yet another prescription for dividing things into their opposites. Night and day, good and evil, my side and your side.

Tom Dooley


The Doctor and Dysentery: A Personal Account with Potential Literary Applications

Sometimes I think I've filled more stool sample cups here than cups of coffee (amoebas won't let me drink coffee anyway; I always lose my taste for it when infected). To make light of my plight, I have instructed my Mexican friends to address me by a new honorific: "Don Colon de los Amoebas."

CE Chaffin


Religion: What's It Good For?

Is this widespread belief supported by evidence? Certainly not, if the "evidence" is the Holy Scriptures of the various systems. Can you say "circular reasoning?" Trouble is, those who think in circles think the argument gets stronger each time around.

Paul J. Sampson


My Fellow Americans

We are engaged in a war of most set-upon. We are locked in a great struggle to see who has been most betrayed.

Stanley Jenkins