May You Live In (Un)Interesting Times

We certainly live in interesting times. Last year, the least popular Republican candidate for president, ever, beat out the least popular Democrat candidate for president, ever – through a technicality – and became the least popular POTUS of all time. He immediately went to work to enact the least popular presidential agenda we have ever […]

Responses

My last entry, regarding my thoughts on the anniversary of the election of Donald Trump, brought on some interesting responses. As expected, I had the regular detractors on social media. Mostly, they are people I know quite personally, or have known most of my life. The usual suspects. They are the ones who, for one reason […]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Lately we’ve heard more and more about nationalism. In fact, the idea of “America First” was the central theme that boosted the current American president into the White House. His populist message struck a chord among the disenfranchised, particularly the rural disenfranchised seeking meaning in a changing world. This has not happened in a vacuum. […]

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

As most of you know by now I’m not the superstitious sort. I don’t believe in ghosts and goblins, omens or the guiding hand of fate. Things don’t happen for a reason, outside the reason we assign each happening thing. As such, Friday the 13th is just another Friday – which doesn’t suck – and […]

A Lone Gunman Opens Fire

Last night, it happened again. A lone gunman with hate in his heart or madness in his mind initiated an all-out assault on unsuspecting revelers. As of this writing, more than 50 people have died. 500 more lie injured. The gunman is dead. The people who knew him tell us he was the ordinary sort. […]

Universal Ain’t Such a Bad Idea

I don’t think “universal” is a wildly radical idea. These days it seems like everybody thinks that any idea that includes everyone isn’t good for anyone. But if I say we should all know love in our lives, there aren’t many people who would disagree with me. If I say everyone deserves love, however, I […]

The Wire

The Google news feed starts with Texas. 30,000 people displaced. 40 inches of rain. Louisiana in Harvey’s sites. Flooding possible in the Pelican state and parts of Mississippi. “The worst is yet to come,” some officials say. Houston has been greatly affected by very rare flooding now for three years in a row. The chances […]

Stan Lee Said It Best

In 1968, I was 0. Stan Lee was at the top of his game and the civil rights movement was in full swing. We had a culture war. We had a war for equality being fought, right here on our home turf, 100 years after the end of the Civil War. Stan Lee didn’t like […]

The Promise Inside the Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” And so it went, 241 years ago today, when the founding fathers of the United States of America made their declaration of independence. In the course of human events, they felt it necessary to dissolve political bonds with a despot. They set […]