HL Lee

HL Lee
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
January 01
With a wife and two daughters, I sometimes have more thoughts in my head than sense. Always I hope that the arc of history moves forward, so this blog is my attempt to jot down things as they are, or as I see them, so we can remember the here and now. Or, as T.S. Eliot wrote: We shall not cease from exploration/ And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time.


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AUGUST 28, 2012 11:03AM

Give Voter Suppression the Finger

AUGUST 28, 2012 10:45AM

The Romney Uncertainty Principal

“The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa.”

                      --Werner Heisenberg, uncertainty paper, 1927

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APRIL 4, 2012 9:27AM

The Last Bookmobile?

I just read on NPR the news at the following link: http://www.npr.org/2012/04/01/149776548/vermont-town-struggles-to-keep-bookmobiles-alive

The town of Lyndonville, Vermont lost its bookmobile when it broke down about a month ago. That story brought back my own memories of the bookmobile from the ear… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2012 9:18AM

The Madness of "Stand Your Ground"

 By now the shooting of Trayvon Martin has shocked the country. The barest facts are this:

  • On February 26 of this year, in Sanford, Florida, George Zimmerman, a 28 year old man of white/Hispanic background, shot Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old black man.

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            March 19, 2003—George W. Bush announced the start of the war in Iraq with these words:

My fellow citizens. At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defendRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 6, 2012 9:13AM

Winter Dreams

The towns of Wellfleet and Provincetown, near the tip of Cape Cod, are two of my favorite places, especially in the cold of winter. During our first big snowfall this year (weeks ago as of this writing), I looked out the window at gray clouds and slush, and dreamed of… Read full post »

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JANUARY 16, 2012 10:23AM

The End of the World, 2012 Edition

            I'm not sure where all this concern originated about the End of the WorldTM on December 21, 2012, except that supposedly the Mayan calendar predicted it on that date. In fact, this is just one more example of popular myth arising from a misunderstanding/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2011 10:20AM

What I Saw, December 26, 2011

I was walking home shortly after five o'clock the day after Christmas and saw Venus shining brilliantly to the left of a crescent moon. The sky had the deep blue of winter sunset and earthshine faintly illuminated the moon's dark side.  The moon moves through the sky in its monthly… Read full post »

December 15, 2011, Baghdad—The United States furled its flag and formally ended the war in Iraq. It was a war for our generation. It was a war of our generation, much more so than the Gulf War of 1990, which was too short to make the impression that World War I,/… Read full post »

Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

In 1961, when Marshall Smith opened Brookline Booksmith with the slogan "Dedicated to the fine art of browsing," he did something that was rare at the time—arranged books by category so people could find what they were looking fo… Read full post »

Our first daughter was born in Boston in October, 2004 and her name begins with a big capital OO as in October, O like the roundness of the lunar eclipse that month—an auspicious one, for on that night of October 27 while a ruddy full moon hung over the/… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 29, 2011 1:25AM

Out But Not Down--Engineering My Own Business

I wasn't surprised when I lost my job in November 2009. I was an electronic engineer working at a large design consulting firm, if “working” could describe my activity those final months. Aside from searching online for articles useful to my employer, I had little to do. As with so many… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2011 3:34PM

Long Pond Journal


            Tucked between dreams is a place somewhere in the New Hampshire woods, by name a pond, by size perhaps a small lake, shaped like an elongated key with an island whe… Read full post »