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 »
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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 »

The beginning of the journey from the head to the heart

The beginning of the journey from the head to the heart
One hundred and thirty-plus posts have appeared since “Cheating Death: How to add years of joy and meaning to life,” became part of the ChicagoNow blogosphere. For the growing number of new subscribers who have added their names to the email circulation, here is a repeat of post number one, providing some insight into how... Read more »

America’s life or death struggle to find its soul

America’s life or death struggle to find its soul
The rug that has covered up our country’s racism, avarice and yawning chasm between the vulgar rich and the very poor has now been ripped off the ugly mess it hid from view. This week a poll of white Americans counted 11 million citizens who felt strongly about identifying with the alt-right, citing white identity,... Read more »
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Learning how to surf

Learning how to surf
Not talking about riding the waves at Laniakea, Oahu but riding with the storm waves that are churned up by the ocean of emotions that ebb and flow within us. It’s a skill we must master because short of a permanent morphine drip – not recommended – our feelings are anything but passive; and there... Read more »

You think you can, you were sure you could… but you couldn’t and can’t

You think you can, you were sure you could… but you couldn’t and can’t
Inevitably, regardless of our skill at administering Dr Spock and the Master’s Degree in childhood education, I’m guessing that all of us can point to a family member who challenges us with a seemingly never ending tug of war between love and anger. Over and over again our heart tells us that this time the... Read more »

Is this the face of America’s seniors?

Is this the face of America’s seniors?
We elders play a significant role in the politics of our country. Having acquired an ocean of experience and wisdom we are the lighthouse by which younger politicians find their way. We’ve lived through wars, the highs and lows of our volatile economic system and the social crises which serve to identity the policies that... Read more »
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Beware the false guru

Beware the false guru
We’ve been exposed to the teachings of many spiritual, religious and political leaders in our lifetimes. Their orations have led us to the cusp of paradise on earth, given us the key to salvation and led us to the brink of annihilation. Some have preached a life of service and practiced a life of hedonism.... Read more »