Author: Haven Pell

This is the third episode of Skihad BCE. The first is here; the second is here and another related story, written well before our lives took a sharp turn into lockdown, is here. It looks like there are about three more. My divider between CE (Coronavirus Era) and BCE (Before the Coronavirus Era) is March 15, 2020, […]

This is the second episode of Skihad BCE. The first is here. To remind, the CE / BCE system we use today can be adapted to Coronavirus Era and Before the Coronavirus Era without even changing the initials. In my case, CE began on March 15, 2020, about a month after the events in today’s […]

Three weeks ago, when I wrote a story about the “3Ps” – pandemic, prosperity, politics (or the “3Es” – epidemic, economy, election), it drew little notice even by blogger standards. Since then, concerns about the conflicts inherent in simultaneous efforts to stop an epidemic, revive an economy and elect a president (to say nothing of […]

So, what exactly is your opinion of Major Walter Clopton Wingfield? The overwhelming majority of sophisticated and intelligent people will answer “ahhhh…. None.” But, for a few who play a game called court tennis, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield is the devil incarnate. Why would this be? According to Wikipedia, “Major Walter Clopton Wingfield (1833 –1912) […]

The other day, I wrote a story that introduced the concept of C.E. and B.C.E. to the virus and resulting lockdown. Here’s a quick reminder in case you have overdosed on information, as I have. We think of C.E. and B.C.E. (Common Era and Before the Common Era) as more “inclusive” alternatives to B.C. and […]

Today is my 40th day of lockdown. That has a certain Old Testament quality as it was the customary description of “a long time.” I wonder what, if anything, I might have learned and what has changed under these restrictions. To think about learning and changing, it is helpful to imagine the period before something […]

The last several weeks have ripped more adhesive tape off conventional thinking than any period in recent memory. Every kind of decision now requires thoughtful consideration of the previously unthinkable. The Glover Park Group, a Washington, DC strategic communications and government affairs firm, convened a focus group, did some research and polling and published a […]

For at least the next 200 days, we are likely to be engaged in an ongoing three-front battle. It can either be described as the “3Ps” – pandemic, prosperity, politics – or as the “3Es” – epidemic, economy, election. To be concerned about any one of them seems entirely reasonable, and the anxiety might well […]

Voltaire’s “the perfect is the enemy of the good” is about the high-water mark of my philosophical or theological oeuvre. I lack the patience and perhaps intellectual capability to achieve the standards required in those fields. Seeing a glass as 1% empty when it is also 99% full is too frustrating for me. The famous […]