Archive for January 2018

Doubts....? Of Course You Have Doubts. They Are Who You Are

It’s called by many names — “The dark night of the soul,” “A crisis of faith,” “The terror.” Each a cluster of words trying to express the horror of it all. More specifically, the horror that sometimes catches up with us, whispering everything we once believed is no longer the safety net we once counted... Read more »

Change Those Paintings, Mr President

Scores of editorial pages, cable news channels, and other celebrated members of the punditry try to decipher what this mercurial President represents in our history. He seems to find Andrew Jackson his alter-ego; but if so he would be wrong. The president Donald Trump best mirrors is Calvin Coolidge. Whereas Jackson was a raw-hide military... Read more »

Why Walls Fail

There’s always been comfort in building walls around us….China’s Great Wall, Constantinople’s Wall, the Roman’s Hadrian Wall….when the “outsiders” were few, walls worked….when their numbers grew, these and other walls failed….the problem today is obvious: the number of “outsiders” surrounding Europe and those surrounding the US are multiplying & breaching the walls with migration…. Europe... Read more »

Right Now I'm Imagining A World Run By Gays

  The struggle for gay rights has made some big gains, but there is at least one battle yet to be won: Politics. Our Puritanical culture has gradually learned to accept gays in the theater, movies, literature, music, TV, even sports. However, it is still a headline-maker in politics, How incredibly silly! I am not... Read more »

What If The Birds Leave, But Never Come Back?

I’m sure you’ll understand. It’s all part of the delicious rhythms of my morning routine. Turn on my coffee maker, slip into my least ratty looking bathrobe, and venture forth onto my driveway for the papers. [Yes, papers, for even with all the flashy screens and scrolls at my disposal, my generation has an emotional... Read more »

So You Like Your America Rare Or Well Done...?

Do you like your steak rare or well-done….? If you’re a meat-eater that’s easy. If you’re a culture-watcher, that’s trickier. You will probably say a happy-medium; but America’s history shows you won’t mean it. I’m talking about how America’s culture tends, like a pendulum, to swing from one extreme to the other. Culture as in... Read more »

Riding The Rapids To Heaven Or Hell

When the Ancient Greeks advised “you can never step into the same river twice,” they were dramatizing the reality of unending change…when the torrents carry you toward observable conclusions, the smart boatman doesn’t close his eyes…. he struggles to adapt to them now before they destroy him later….among our “observable conclusions” are the inexorable growth in the... Read more »

I'm Sending This To The Oval Office Immediately After My Nap

The first battle of Charlottesville in 1864 was between the North and the South. The second battle of Charlottesville in 2017 was between the Right and the Left. The President said, “there were good people on both sides.” Many disagree. So how does a Democracy admit there are differences even while saying all sides are... Read more »

Growing Older. Who Me?

  The only sure sign of life in the cosmos is change. And change, my friend, means aging. No matter your gender, your race, your nationality, your party, you and I are inexorably aging with each inexorable tick of the clock. When you think about it, it seems better than the alternative However, lets re-consider... Read more »

Will The Trib Run This Now That They're Running Out Of Tribune Tower?

I’m disappointed in the Tribune. It remains a quality newspaper staffed by quality reporters, but founder Colonel McCormick must twist in his 1st amendment grave when he watches how you have relinquished the Washington beat to the “Times” and the “Post”. In McCormick’s day he never let local news marginalize national news coverage when it impacted us locally.... Read more »