Author Archives: Doctor Quack

About Doctor Quack

Just another bonehead with an internet connection.

Ambition and Humility

Once upon a time, in my starry-eyed youth, I believed I was going to be a great composer, premiering my works in ornate halls around the world.  I was also going to be a great novelist, whose widely-circulated stories would … Continue reading

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Doubt and Freedom

In a normal social interaction, an action usually provokes a single and consistent reaction. Social behaviors are matters of custom.  In the Real World, into which we awake and generally spend most of our time, social action and reaction are second nature.  Of … Continue reading

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There exists a certain madness that consumes many who seek adventure amidst their tame and sterile realities.  This madness drives us to jeopardize the lives and safety of ourselves and those we love, and yet we revere those who are possessed … Continue reading

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Behind the Iron Curtain: Belarus

I recently had the fortune of traveling to the last dictatorship in Europe: Belarus. For those of you who don’t know the Who, What, Where, When, Why, or How of Belarus, allow me to share: Belarus is medium-sized European nation … Continue reading

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No Homo

I told a story to a friend: “This past autumn, I went camping out by Bishop Pass: a rocky and inhospitable ridge in the Sierra Nevada whose landscape is as grizzly and striking as it is cold and indifferent.  The autumn leaves … Continue reading

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“I Like Books”

I realize I might alienate many of my readers with this post, but alas, against my better judgement, I proceed: I don’t like books. I don’t dislike books either.  I am indifferent to books.  In fact, there are many books … Continue reading

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Meet the Banana Slugs

Hey everyone.  Meet my banana slugs.  I think you’ll find them delightfully personable.  Maybe even relatable.  In fact, they’re really just like you and me.  Except they’re slugs.  Banana slugs.  Allow me to introduce them:

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