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Girl Hair

My new hair wrap by Twig

For nearly twenty years, I practiced law in the state and federal courts of California, representing some of the largest, most conservative corporations in the world before judges and juries not-quite-of-their-peers. My coif was of-the-order, even if I was not Order of the Coif.

My last full-on hair cut was on 22 December 2004, a week before I retired. Since then, I’ve had the ends trimmed a couple times; but essentially, I have hippie-hair. Or girl-hair, if you will.

Most people agree: it’s not a great look for me. My mother laments, “You used to be such a cute kid!” But the long hair is, in some ironically conventional way, a nod to quirkiness. It also serves-up a somewhat light-hearted decoy –- and somewhat belligerent challenge –- for the world to underestimate me, a dynamic I have always tactically relished.

Last month, while I was in the Bay Area, I stopped on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue for an hour to up the ante.

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The Only Thing I Hate More than Religion Is Religious Intolerance

Swami Vivekananda

In my essay “Rejecting Spiritualism,” I complained about the relativism (and corresponding meaninglessness) that plagues the language of spirituality. In reply, someone referred me to the following statement by Swami Vivekananda: “I pray for the day to come when there are as many types of religions as the number of people in the world.”

Leave it to the ever-quotable Swami V to come up with a comment favoring religious propagation that I could get behind.

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Blasts from the Past

... because the idiocy of manliness is an evergreen topic.

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... because Canada and the US will celebrate their Thanksgiving holidays and, regrettably and preventably, not 1-cook-in-10 will serve a decent turkey.

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... because everyday is Mother's Day.

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... because the American Dream seems but a distant memory, given the country's dominant ethos of small-mindedness.

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... to remind us that not every mix of Tibetans and Western spiritual seekers has to be nauseating.

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... to celebrate the new edition of Infinite Vision published in India.

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... reprised because military strategy seems more cruel and less effective than ever -- and certainly there is a better way.

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... because cars are ruining Pondicherry, where I live. How badly are they fucking up your Indian town?

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... reprinted because more-and-more people seem want to understand the gift economy. (Yeah!)

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