Category: Racism

“We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” President Barack Obama’s inaugural address – Jan. 2013

“We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” President Barack Obama’s inaugural address – Jan. 2013
It’s clear I’m a dedicated Democrat who loathes Trump and his pissant cohorts. But my concern come November’s election day goes far beyond partisan politics. I’m frightened for the future of our country. The election is not only about who we are voting for, but what we are voting for. It’s our job, as Elders,... Read more »

America goes to the therapist. (We listen in)

America goes to the therapist. (We listen in)
Therapist: America, you’ve made appointments before, and left after a session or two. Are you ready now to dig in and do the work that is necessary to heal? America: The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis was literally an eight minutes and forty-six seconds movie that all of America saw. There no longer is... Read more »

My granddaughter and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America

My granddaughter and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America
Four years ago this post spoke to the simmering rage of a country divided. Sadly, in the interim years, progress at instituting change has been limited. Now the George Floyd tragedy has turned the world upside down. Once again, we plea for the power of love to prevail. Dear Lord, we do not want to... Read more »
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The third stage of Elderhood: Making sure your life mattered!

The third stage of Elderhood: Making sure your life mattered!
The first stage of my passage to Elderhood took place in my mid-sixties, give or take. I looked in the mirror and recognized the disconnect between the image I presented to the world and the soul behind the reflection, and I asked myself, How did I get here and how do I want to live... Read more »

Apology to my African-American brother

Apology to my African-American brother
I thought long and hard about writing this post. How do I justify or authenticate an exhortation that cries out for indignation and protest against the racial violence that consumes our country when I am writing this from my plush condo overlooking the lake? And then it comes to me. That is the point of... Read more »

Growing a mustache and barnacles on my ass while sheltering in place. But the Guiding Force within is more fiercely alive than ever.

Growing a mustache and barnacles on my ass while sheltering in place.  But the Guiding Force within is more fiercely alive than ever.
Staying at home for days on end is not fun. But I’m in a spacious apartment with my wife, not stuffed with a hundred-plus British soldiers into a 15 x 18 ft Black Hole of Calcutta. I’ve missed out on dinner dates at the city’s fabulous restaurants, but I haven’t missed a meal. And I’m... Read more »
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We are witnessing the demise of the two political parties… and civility as we knew it.

We are witnessing the demise of the two political parties… and civility as we knew it.
Our country has devolved into two societies. A combative adversarial atmosphere prevails as the elections loom. It is “us” against “them” and no in-between. Sociopolitical polarization between Democrats and Republicans has made compromise increasingly difficult. The political aisle has become an ideological moat. Political scientists have characterized the polarized country as “two one-party nations,” instead... Read more »

Let’s be careful how we talk about Joe Biden

Let’s be careful how we talk about Joe Biden
Admittedly, it’s disturbing when good ole Joe stumbles over his words and suggests that parents “have the record player on at night” so that kids can hear more words before starting school.  The intention was good, but in the era of online music streaming a reference that went old of style in the eighties is... Read more »

How my father and I won WWII

How my father and I won WWII
August 15 is an important historical date, the day 74 years ago when General McArthur declared Victory over Japan Day.  The personal reminiscences of the soldiers who stormed the beaches cannot help but humble every American blessed with the personal freedoms made possible by their sacrifices.  I, too, have memories of the fierce battles I... Read more »
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Reminding our grandchildren: the past is prologue

Reminding our grandchildren: the past is prologue
My generation, the so-called Silent Generation, better start talking before our history is condensed into a tweet-sized, nutshell anecdote that reduces the depression and WWII and McCarthyism into a footnote on Jeopardy. I just took a group of high school kids on a tour of the University of Chicago campus.  Standing in front of the... Read more »