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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.

The Ugliest House in Cambridge

Okay, it’s deep winter. The snow has turned crusty and brown. The sky is grey. The ice is black. We need a bit of color and light. Sorry folks, all I have to offer is the ugliest house in Cambridge. … Continue reading

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Would You Rather be Happy or Be Right?

It’s been more than twenty years now since I heard Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie deliver a sermon at the Arlington Street Church in Boston titled ‘Would You Rather Be Happy or Be Right?’ The distinctions she laid out on that … Continue reading

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Ditties from the Info Desk: Love and Radiation

They’re the most dependable ones. The cancer patients. Arriving at the same time each week, head wrapped in a turban or scarf, checking in before chemotherapy. Or worse, hobbling in daily for three, four, five weeks straight to receive radiation. … Continue reading

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January 6 Vocabulary Quiz

Which definition best describes what occurred at the US Capitol on January 6: A. An act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government B. Needless or willful damage or violence C. A sudden decisive exercise of … Continue reading

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Everyone’s a Little Bit Nazi

When this ‘Lefties are Nazi’s’ post appeared on my Facebook wall, I realized that extreme labels, stripped of their actual definition, retain only the power to divide and offend. I cannot provide any reasoning to this conflagration of errant history … Continue reading

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Come for the Activism; Stay for the Art

Steve McQueen. Not the bad-boy race car driver from The Great Escape, idolized by all guys over sixty for nabbing Ali MacGraw. The other Steve McQueen (officially Sir Steven Rodney McQueen CBE). The twenty-first century British filmmaker of Grenadian and … Continue reading

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On the Inauguration of ’46: Heeding the Words of ‘2

“Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.” On this day of our nation’s rockiest Presidential Inauguration, I turn my thoughts to John Adams. “Power always … Continue reading

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Sons of Liberty

September 10, 2020 Cambridge, MA A chilly drizzle sprinkles discomfort over our Black Lives Matter evening vigil. The number of people taking a knee since late May has shriveled to five. My meditation wanders from the horror of Officer Derek … Continue reading

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What We Allow, We Enable

This is the letter I sent to my Representative and Senators regarding the Capitol insurrection on January 6. Feel free to use any or all portions with which you concur in reaching out to your own elected officials. January 10, … Continue reading

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Ditties from the Info Desk: Seeking the Vaccine

A tall elderly man approaches the desk. Patrician in bearing, not a millimeter lost to the gravity of age. “I’d like to find out how to get the vaccine.” “Do you work at the hospital, sir?” “No, but I’m seventy-five.” … Continue reading

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