Returning to the crossroads of my life to reaffirm the path I've taken

Returning to the crossroads of my life to reaffirm the path I've taken
Now that the mad din of the midterm elections has subsided to a steady drone, I wonder to myself if all my adamant jawboning about moral imperative and good versus evil has distracted me from looking at my own behavior. I realize I was spitting angry for months; could barely look at a news program... Read more »

As the cold civil war grinds on I decide to join the passive resistance

As the cold civil war grinds on I decide to join the passive resistance
The mid-term elections are over, and I feel like a week-old party balloon, still floating a few feet above the floor but lacking enough helium to bump exuberantly against the ceiling. I’ve voted in sixteen presidential elections, dozens of gubernatorial and congressional elections and innumerable mayoral and local contests for county and citywide offices. Of... Read more »

This is more than politics. This is about good versus evil.

This is more than politics.  This is about good versus evil.
Disclaimer for my Republican readers: I prefer dialogue to demonizing, but events this week really floored me. Hate consumed anti-Semite guns down eleven at Pittsburgh synagogue. Evil is real. It has always existed in corrupt power bases, lurking in the sewers and dank alleys on the fringes of society. But it is out in the... Read more »
ChicagoNow Video
Advertisement:

One of those dark mornings when I ask, “What’s the point?” and there is no answer

One of those dark mornings when I ask, “What’s the point?” and there is no answer
The alarm rings and I make a choice: have a productive day or wallow in a sinkhole of despair. It’s a surprisingly difficult choice! Arlene is at the office seeing an early client and the bedroom is dark and the house is eerily silent. I’m alone. Which is okay. But a sense of loneliness gnaws... Read more »

Would Moses have evaded paying his income tax?

Would Moses have evaded paying his income tax?
How does Jared Kushner reconcile not paying a dime in income taxes even as he sits in a front row seat at the Chabad Synagogue? And how does Mike Pence square his personal relationship with Jesus Christ with signing a bill making it legal to refuse to serve gay couples? What allows our nation’s leaders... Read more »

What to do when frustration and indignation spills over into rage and loathing

What to do when frustration and indignation spills over into rage and loathing
This post is for Republicans and Democrats alike. It transcends politics because it is not about programs and positions and bills to be debated. It is about the intensely felt emotions on both sides of the political spectrum that have fostered unprecedented congressional discord and social insult. The environment of distrust has ended debate. Respectful... Read more »
Advertisement:

History lesson from a street kid who learned about democracy in public school

History lesson from a street kid who learned about democracy in public school
There is no clause in the Declaration of Independence that exempts kids who go to prep school from respecting its basic principles. The ‘self-evident’ truths that Jefferson and Franklin chiseled into our emerging nation’s defiant proclamation are unalterable and not subject to devious interpretation by the privileged few. I learned them early, on the Franklin... Read more »

Brett Kavanaugh is denying the shameful truth (joining Clarence Thomas, Orin Hatch, Chuck Grassley and the loathsome men who vilify our judiciary!)

Brett Kavanaugh is denying the shameful truth (joining Clarence Thomas, Orin Hatch, Chuck Grassley and the loathsome men who vilify our judiciary!)
This is a version of a post from a year ago. Regretfully, it bears revising. The “Me Too” movement has raised the consciousness of a male dominated landscape but the privileged white men from my generation have not made amends or purged the lies that provide cover for their self-righteous and deplorable behavior. Now is... Read more »

Grab your grandchildren by the shoulders and shake them hard

Grab your grandchildren by the shoulders and shake them hard
Before you call Child Welfare on me for child abuse, I’m simply quoting an admonition familiar to generations of parents annoyed with kids who didn’t listen and needed a sharp reminder to wake up! The scolding is overdue. Because last presidential election we elders assumed that the responsibilities of citizenship we held so dear could... Read more »
Advertisement:

Clearly there is something definitively out of whack with the human race

Clearly there is something definitively out of whack with the human race
On vacation in Ireland I stood atop this ancient ruin overlooking a lake of sublime beauty, a teardrop from God in the pristine stillness of Killarney National Park. But it was not the trumpet of the Whooper Swan that rang out as I closed my eyes and drifted back a thousand years into history, it... Read more »