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The great questions of our time

In recent weeks it has been a matter of some chagrin to me that my Yahoo! News feed keeps bringing articles from major outlets that prove in my estimation to have far less merit than my own; while my own work continues to be ignored.

Frankly, it seems to me that my work is on a par with that of the Washington Post columnists.  I see myself as in that league.  If I can find my way there, my goal would be not so much to set forth my own views, as to alter the direction of public discourse; to influence, perhaps even at a national level, the way people talk about the great questions of our time.

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Podcast – Seeking peace of mind

It won’t happen if I’m not paying attention.

Seeking peace of mind


Music:  George Michael, “Father Figure”


It’s The William Tell Show.  I call myself William Tell; you can call me Bill.  Thank you for including me in your world.  Today we can look forward eagerly to Donald Trump’s being reinstated in August.

We are heading for some changes in this podcast.  First, I’m thinking of changing the frequency, either to once a month or once every four weeks.  Second, historically I’ve put a lot of work into the descriptions for these podcasts, linking to my music and to related material online.  I’ve just discovered that those links do not APPEAR as links on most platforms.  So, I’m a-take a different approach to that.  I will also be experimenting with length, since I want each segment to be just about three minutes, and that hasn’t been happening.

I’m working on two forthcoming blog posts.  The first, entitled “Shock,” is slated for June 12.  The second, entitled “Shock 2,” is slated for June 19.  A few weeks ago, a sponsored post, a right-wing political post, appeared in my FaceBook news feed.  No political posts have appeared in my news feed for months.  This one offended me, and I flew right off the handle.  That’s what the blog post, “Shock,” will be about.

About a week later, a left-wing political post, or religious post, since some Lefties baptize their politics — This left-wing post appeared in my news feed, and I flew off the handle again.  That’s what the blog post, “Shock 2,” will be about.

For the sake of The William Tell Show, it’s not a good thing that I flew off the handle at all.  The William Tell Show is supposed to be “A Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for adults” — a place where all people and all points of view are welcome.  That won’t be the case if I blow up at anything any caller says, whether left-wing or right.

I would not have blown up at all if I were adequately centered, or in a state of peace of mind.  In order to do The William Tell Show, it’s necessary that I establish peace of mind as a chronic state.

More about this after the break.

[Commercial break]

I literally wrote the book about peace of mind.  It’s called The Way of Peace, and you can find it online at the dash way dash of dash peace, dot com.  It’s pretty good.  In fact, I probably need to read it.  Again, that’s the dash way dash of dash peace, dot com.

Someone else wrote a book with the same title, back near the start of the 20th century.  This was James Allen.  I’ve looked at that book some, and he says almost all the exact same things I say.  But his language is rather archaic.

As I recall, my book says that establishing peace of mind comes in three stages.  The first is presence, or mindfulness.  One needs to keep one’s attention, as far as possible, here and now — letting go of the past, the future, and everything elsewhere.

Second, one needs to practice the Serenity Prayer, accepting the things — all things — one cannot change, and paying attention instead to the things one can change, or do.  Oneself.

Third, one needs to choose to be happy.  It’s a choice.

Actually, this might be the project I’ve been looking for.  I need to do it.  It takes work; it takes intentionality; and it won’t happen if I’m not paying attention.

For today’s music: there are songs that go straight to the top of the charts, and stay there, because they profoundly encourage peace of mind.  I chose one for today, “Father Figure,” by George Michael.


Podcast – Switched

Taking pleasure in things that are bad for you.


Related:  Fareed Zakaria | The Homeless Blogger
Related: Your Body Doesn’t Lie:
Related: Sanpaku – Wikipedia

Music:  The Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun”


It’s the William Tell Show.  I call myself William Tell; you can call me Bill.  Thank you for including me in your world.  I hope today we’re all celebrating Liz Cheney’s keeping her leadership position in Congress.

I sat, smoking, on the kiosk outside the casino, at the intersection of Bayard and Russell Streets.  This couple pulled up in a gray SUV, and stopped to wait for the light.  They had both windows open, and they were both eating something.  Looked like ice cream sandwiches.  I said, “When they’re done, they’re going to throw that trash right out the windows.”  I wondered how I had taken such an instant dislike to them.  Maybe they had dark auras.  They had music playing, but it wasn’t loud enough for me to tell whether I liked it or not.

I said, “Maybe they’re switched.”

“Switched” refers to a state of taking pleasure in things that are bad for you.

The concept comes from a book by Dr. John Diamond entitled, Your Body Doesn’t Lie.  It made quite a splash when it was first published, in 1979.  I bought my copy in 2004.

Diamond sets forth a system to identify body movements and environmental influences that strengthen or weaken the body.  It’s not scientific, in that all the measurements depend on the subjective perceptions of the practitioner.  There’s no way to design double-blind experiments.

One of his first examples pertains to honey versus sugar.  He found that a teaspoon of honey will tend to strengthen a person, but a teaspoon of refined sugar will weaken the person.  This is, of course, completely in line with all the New Age, touchy-feely political correctness of the time.

He says that one should not wear or hold any piece of metal that crosses the body’s centerline; unless the metal piece extends all the way around one’s body.  So if you wear a necklace, for example, it’s important that it be metal all the way around.

He makes a distinction between what he calls “heterolateral motion” and “homolateral motion.”  Heterolateral motion is like normal walking:  the right arm and left foot both move the same way at the same time, and vice versa.  In homolateral motion, one may have both arms moving the same way at the same time, or the right arm and right leg moving the same way at the same time.  Obviously, one of these is more natural than the other, and he insists that heterolateral motion is healthier than homolateral motion.

So, some time later, when I decided to start lifting weights, I bought dumbbells instead of barbells.  With a barbell, you’ve got this — bar of metal — that you’re holding across the centerline of your body; and you also have homolateral motion going on.  With dumbbells, you have a separate weight in each hand, and you’ll normally alternate lifting between left and right arms.

Let’s take a break.

[Commercial break]

We’re back.

I will link to a blog post that included this passage.  Quote:

Diamond sets forth that the life force passes through the body along fourteen meridians.  If a person is deficient in the life force in a specific meridian, that weakness can be communicated to others.  By a psi dynamic known as “sympathy” (He does not mention this by name.), on encountering a needy person, the naive observer will seek unwittingly to supply the other’s need.  The result is that the observer becomes deficient also in the same meridian.

Such communication can occur in  person; via appearance, as in a photograph or motion picture; or by sound of voice, whether live, recorded, or broadcast on radio or TV.

End quote  For example, the book has a chapter about an imbalance of the eyes, called sanpaku.  Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln all had it.  I myself have it.  Diamond says that gazing at the eyes in the photo of such a person, will induce weakness in the viewer.

As to music, Diamond emphatically condemns what is called the “stopped anapestic beat.”  This is basically the rhythm pattern you find in The William Tell Overture, that opens every episode of my show; only, in rock, it’s a bit slower.  It’s everywhere in rock and roll; this is basically what makes rock, rock.

Diamond said he observed dancers in a nightclub.  When healthy music is playing, he said their body movements will be heterolateral.  When unhealthy music is playing, he said their body movements switch, becoming homolateral.

As I recall, he said that The Beatles are healthy, but The Rolling Stones are unhealthy.

I recall seeing reports that the stopped anapestic beat is the exact opposite of the normal rhythms of the nervous system, so that listening to this music introduces confusion into one’s neurology.  In researching that, this past week, all the references I find lead straight back to Diamond.  The claim was widely publicized, but he’s the only one who ever made it.  There is o corroborating research by others.

What does all this tell me, in terms of practical life from day to day?  I don’t have time to micro-manage my environment.  I can’t control what music they play in Royal Farms; I can’t preoccupy myself with avoiding eye contact with people who are sanpaku.  It is enough for me to gain my strength from choosing to love the people around me.

Obviously, today we want some healthy music.  I can’t think of anything healthier than “Here comes the sun,” by the Beatles.  So, that’s it.

Podcast – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

No one has standing to re-write the myth.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Related: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Wikipedia
Related: Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed? – Rolling Stone
Related: ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Needs No Redemption | Saving Country Music

Music:  The Band rendition:

Lyrics, from

[Verse 1]:
Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
‘Til Stoneman’s cavalry came and tore up the tracks again

In the winter of ’65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell
It’s a time I remember, oh so well

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, “La, la, la”

[Verse 2]:
Back with my wife in Tennessee
When one day she called to me
“Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E.Lee”

Now I don’t mind choppin’ wood
And I don’t care if the money’s no good

Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest
But they should never have taken the very best

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, “La, la, la”

[Verse 3]
Like my father before me, I will work the land
And like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand
He was just eighteen, proud and brave
But a Yankee laid him in his grave

I swear by the mud below my feet
You can’t raise a Caine back up when he’s in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, “La, la, la”
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, “La, la, la”


This may seem unrealistic, even delusional; and much of the time, it has felt that way to me. But I’ve been here before, and know it’s not unrealistic at all. One drawback: it will pull me even farther away from the societal mainstream.  But if I feel a “call” toward anything at all, it’s this path that I feel called to.

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