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Dan Beauchamp
I moved to Bisbee, AZ in 1996 to explore the gospel of life itself.
Interests: movies, reading, writing, walking, talking, meeting, and all other aspects of life itself. Oh, and I've started teaching at the U. of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, one course at a time. Can't shut up.
Recent Activity
Letter to VA I recently was admitted to the Veterans Administration for a service-connected disability; hearing loss, connected to my time in the Army and in Korea. While I am grateful for the VA's decision to award me a service-connected hearing disability, the service-connected disability that was far more devastating... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Life Itself
"I would rather drink carbolic acid than this beer." Dad wasn't a teetotaler; I had never seen him drink alcohol. My memory is vague but I think he took a brief swig from the bottle and then put it down.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at tales of copper city
Recently, for several reasons I have been depressed. I have had long stretches of illness, and then a serious fall resulting in a cracked hip, resulting in a general malaise. After all, in early September I will be 80, an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at tales of copper city
"You've done enough," Bill Smith told me. He was referring to my mentioning of the need to write another book, as my one dying gasp for acclaim. Bill was our former pastor of the Pilgrim UCC of Durham, NC, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at tales of copper city
Steven Batchelor's book Buddhism Without Beliefs has this wonderful definition of acceptance: “Awareness is a process of deepening self-acceptance." He goes on to say why this seeing can be so deep and radical…”There is nothng unworthy of acceptance.” Acceptance is... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at tales of copper city
Here is Michael Tomasky on President Trump committing high crimes and misdemeanors. When asking the FBI director if he is under investigation Trump crossed the line. I wonder which conservative will point this out. George Will? Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at tales of copper city
Once again, we are going through a struggle to limit health care spending. Oh, woe is us! What to do? We can't control health care spending for a simple reason; we have a ridiculous health care system. Our fundamental problem... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at tales of copper city
Kevin Drum details the bad slump in Hillary's support after Comey went after her...twice. Can the citizenry not see that a coup has occurred? What a huge shadow now falls upon the United States. This next stretch of right wing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at tales of copper city
I am once again reading Hemingway's "A CleanWell-Lighted Place," the story that is often cited as an example of his style. The style is minimalist and Hemingway often compared it to an iceberg: the sentence is simply what has surfaced... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at tales of copper city
Today is the day you must read Kevin Drum. He is nailing the new Administration to the wall. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at tales of copper city
If you want to read the best critique of Trump, please read Johnathan Alter's indictment of our new President as profoundly un-American, as obvious to FDR's assessment that the presidency is essentially the job of moral leadership. The man who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at tales of copper city
Thanks to Vladimir Putin, the FBI, and Dixie, Donald Trump will became president in a few short days. This is really disgusting...and alarming. A foreign power, Russia, was directed by its leader, Vladimir Putin, to hack into the Internet and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at tales of copper city
"Lord, grant us the strength to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This is A.A.'s famous concept of "acceptance." The heart of this idea would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at tales of copper city
Our health together, our common health, falls short of the other democracies. I will argue that it is our democracy itself that bears a major part of the blame. As the American pragmatist John Dewey argued, democracy is the precondition... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at tales of copper city
Read this story about the bullshit Trump put out about his intelligence, He is not super intelligent; he is not even of average intelligence. He struggled at the Wharton School and his daddy's influence got him admitted...his intelligence or grades... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at tales of copper city
The Centers for Disease Control announced that uninsurance is now at 8.6 percent, down from 16 percent when Obamacare passed. The relevant news release is here. This is an extraordinary victory for Obama, the Democrats, and progressives everywhere. Now is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at tales of copper city
One Daily Beast reporter laid into Hillary and the "stink" surrounding the whole affair while also learning that a lap top with emails had gone lost in the mail, a laptop that was supposed to be storage and as the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at tales of copper city
The New York Times today (and in recent days) is awash with fascinating stories about politics, elections, claims of election fraud and much else. The stories about past victories, election irregularities, honor among politicians who lose make for fascinating reading.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at tales of copper city
When I watch television on the politics of the next presidency, over and over I hear about Hillary Clinton as being "untrustworthy." The media seems to take this as an established fact, the "rap" on Hillary. Hillary Clinton has been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at tales of copper city
Media people today ask, "Where did Trump come from?" Really? How can the media keep a straight face when they ask that question? Trump is simply and purely the Media's Wet Dream. The Media, trumpeting Trump, (Okay, this is surely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at tales of copper city
This article by Clancy Martin in The New Republic is wonderfully informing about an important philosophical issue: distinguishing lying versus bullshitting, a distinction first introduced by Harry Frankfurt, and why this distinction may reveal who in the current president race... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at tales of copper city
Kevin Drum's article about Bernie supporters and their indifference to the rest of the Democratic ticket is yet another reason why I am not a Bernie supporter. I think we have to have strong parties; in my view the Democratic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at tales of copper city
In hearing or reading about how we as a nation talk to each other---how little we listen and learn---I was brought back to a blog entry I wrote in 2009 after the Fourth of July parade about listening. I wrote... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at tales of copper city
More than a few years back, an old friend of mine from El Paso spent some time in Houston. He was there for tests at MD Anderson hospital. At night, he stayed at his sister's house. She lived in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at tales of copper city
One thing Morning Joe always does is knock down Hillary and keep "explaining" Trump. Finally, when Trump won't disavow even the KKK, Scarborough admits that the Donald is a racist and a bigot. Scarborough must have known this for months... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at tales of copper city