Donald Gardner Stacy's Blog

Thoughts on Literature, Philosophy, Politics, & Society

Donald Gardner Stacy

Donald Gardner Stacy
Spokane, Washington, United States
August 11
Yunnan Einsun Software College
Emigrated to Kunming, Yunnan Province, China at the age of 56. My life was quickly restored. Literature, philosophy, politics, & social criticism all interest me, in that order.


NOVEMBER 16, 2011 6:32AM

When Sleep Remains Elusive

As I lay in bed entertaining the most remarkable thoughts, all of these floating on the substrata of sleeplessness, I was struck by how little effort these excellent notions demanded of me. So I levered myself discreetly up from the mattress so as not to disturb my wife and tossed on… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2011 8:40AM


Imagine above a scene from the steets of Athens, only yesterday; a riot, police with hard plastic shields and cannisters of tear gas, the Greek populace, a few of them hurling Molatov Cocktails.

Now, this is a very unsettling image; but most unsettling of all for the wage-earning Greeks who can… Read full post »

The womanizing literature professor in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace will suffer for his short-comings in a rather dire way, his secondary Byronic Lucifer character condensing his own "burning soul" into a cinder of final remorse. . . . This is the gist of the film version of the novel which I've not… Read full post »


The British pound sterling, or £ is, do doubt, the strongest and best recognized currency in the world right now. But wait, just wait a minute, many along the shores of America will say. Aren't you forgetting the dollar backed by and printed by the United States Treasury Department?

&nbs… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 6:57AM

Thoughts on the Phrase, "Hard-Wired"

For some time now I have cringed with a suppressed and wrathful loathing each time I hear or come across in print the expression hard-wired. It's not only become a cliché, but considering the pace of change these days I think it is better to call this onerous trope a relic… Read full post »

     After having watched with a kind of mesmerized disbelief the long film Michael Collins, starring Liam Neeson in the eponymous role along with Aidan Quinn & Julia Roberts, I came away from the viewing as though I'd just stepped out of a death-house filled with the stench o… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2011 7:34AM

The Problem of Sexual Addiction


Debbie Rochon topless rides a guy

   A Still from an R-rated Film


     The above photograph was not inserted here for its potential shock affect, although most everyone who are members of the Woodstock generation, or anyone younger for that matter, become fairly jaded individuals by the/… Read full post »

I haven't said a word at Open Salon in several months, re-adjusting to life in The United States and Spokane, Washington in particular where summer just started a few days before the fourth of july. But this morning I saw one of Ms Emma Peel's brief exhortations to read a
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Φ  Spokane, Washington

1111 E. Bismark

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Ψ Greetings from a rain-sodden Spokane, Mr Kevin Horrigan:

 The Northwest Farmer's Party, just lately conceived by yours truly, is symbolized by the cartoon character of a squirrel riding on the back of a cougar… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2011 9:18AM

A Ghastly & Most Strange Encounter

honestlady0911 says:

Hi,My name is Linda and U?


sailor0492 says:

You sure are a good, good, good, looking woman from Oklahoma.


sailor0492 says:

My name is Don G. S.


honestlady0911 says:

Well am presently in Nigeria with my aged mom but willing to relocate to anywhere as soon… Read full post »

MARCH 8, 2009 3:09AM

The Obsession with Consistency






       Consistency among logicians and mathematicians is paramount; and even among con-men a consistent character is rather essential to assure trouble-free business transactions, if nothing else.  Lies have been committed unwittin/Read full post »


      Physical characteristics, many would insist, play a crucial role in human conduct.  Why is this apparently the case? one might ask, but then probably would risk ridicule or at best indifference.  Yet just why should this reaction/Read full post »


(A man who once had the street-name of Lone Wolf paces between various rooms in his house, incapable of remaining in any one of them for very long; he is incapable of thinking about anything at length, and yet he will talk the night away about a fair of numberRead full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2009 1:29AM

Vignettes from the After Life


       The after-life, as only human beings can conceive it, is simply what is imagined and hoped for; nothing more and nothing less.  And of every one of these possible imaginings, a quality of retrospect must necessarily linger; for otherwise there co/Read full post »



February 25th, 2009


Donald Garder Stacy

Jing Xing Road #51, Eentry #2;

Bldg 140, #601

Kunming, Yunnan Province

The Peoples’ Republic of China


Dear Mr Stacy:


This letter may inform you of a number of things or ideas in vaguest rendering about which, and over whRead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2009 6:47PM

Crimes National and International




      While laying in bed wide awake at 2:30 in the morning, for some reason I began to think of an old television program which ran for several seasons back in the mid-sixties, Perry Mason, without a doubt my mother’s/Read full post »



       A  place can change a person over time; and most particularly the sort of place, I would suppose, where one would not wish to live for fear of finding that your home had been bombed into a tall heap of rRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2009 5:51PM

The African Queen

The African Queen 

      Humphrey Bogart & Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen  


       When I was a boy, my mother enjoyed watching Saturday Night at the Movies which aired on NBC back in the early 60s.  The televis/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2009 9:06AM

What News Will Tomorrow Bring?



        Not long ago Omar Kadafi, the president of Libya who’d once embraced those given over to terrorism, met with many other African leaders and gave a speech in which he called for the unification ofRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 17, 2009 10:00PM

Sightseeing in Xi Shuang Bana, China

A Forest in Southern Yunnan Province
Ming Zhu Wu Zhu Park 291 

       For Zhongli, the transition to our new home was not the near-hardship which it had proved to be for me.  Her only hardship was born out of my self-indulgences; my insomnia, my early m/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2009 1:40AM

The Formation of Character

       In another month I will have been in Kunming for exactly one year.  When I first arrived in the middle of March my hopes were high and I felt intensely alive in a way reminiscent of the sense of vivid excitement and promise I felt long ago when IRead full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2009 10:53PM

The Cyborgs' Union Hall (part 3)



      Within a year of her debut, a mounting number of Beverlys were seen in public.  Having been consigned to the role of an au pair girl, she frequently appeared along side her owner as they went shopping or visited a restaurant for a leisurely/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2009 2:12AM

Detachment and/either/or Indifference


Detachment and/either/or Indifference 



     “Soooo, what is this and/either/or business?” he practically sang with a pronounced Southern drawl.  Sanders looked at him and said, “Wasn’t Atkinson a military man once; or did he jRead full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2009 10:07AM

The Road to Catastrophe, to Personal Ruin



The Road to Catastrophe,


to Personal Ruin 



      The road to catastrophe, the road to personal ruin, the road to a nihilism that prevents one from recalling without any further remorse over its absence—particularly speaking, a deRead full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2009 5:44AM

The Cyborgs' Union Hall (part 2)



The Cyborgs’ Union Hall (part 2)



      Over a period of one year, the robotics developers were compelled to attend four such meetings altogether.  The directors of marketing were fundamentally both shrewd and cautious people, as itRead full post »