Category: Trump

“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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Gloom from uneased confinement. Duplicity from an amoral President. And the flowers are blooming; a robin is singing in full throat

Gloom from uneased confinement.  Duplicity from an amoral President. And the flowers are blooming; a robin is singing in full throat
How do we find joy and meaning while in hiding from the scourge? I recall my visit to Amsterdam to see the hidden room where Ann Frank wrote her poignant story. I find inspiration in Victor Frankl’s astonishing book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” written while an inmate at the Auschwitz concentration camp. I forward the... Read more »

The healing powers of COVID-19

The healing powers of COVID-19
The crisis we are facing is not the coming of the apocalypse. I agree, COVID-19 ain’t chopped liver. We are reeling from the impact of the shelter-in-place directive, confined to our homes, compelled to obey restrictive rules from a catalog of authorities. We are victims of circumstances beyond our control. Those who live from paycheck... Read more »

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 »
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As I see it, this election is not only about Donald Trump. It’s about the state of the nation he won’t address.

As I see it, this election is not only about Donald Trump.   It’s about the state of the nation he won’t address.
When I occasionally write about politics, an explanation is called for; what the heck does the presidential election have to do with the difficulties of growing old? Here’s the connection. One of the “must do’s” for a peaceful old age is making amends for the things we did to hurt others. And since our generation... Read more »