Tag Archives: Understanding

July 4, 2017

I can’t help but wonder sometimes just who has highjacked my country. And, more importantly, why? On this Independence Day, I would like to celebrate the freedoms that we have, enjoy my friends and bask in small-town pleasures like back-yard-barbecues, … Continue reading

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What to tell the children . . .

What to tell the children? I may be old-fashioned, and my answer may be simplistic. But why is there any question about what to tell the children? I would tell them that yesterday, our country elected a new president. Some … Continue reading

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One for the history books . . .

I voted. I believe in the symbolism – and the power — of casting my ballot on a specific day in a specific place – the day of voting defined by law as the “first Tuesday next after the first … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: A tonic for tough times

Once you’ve heard Bob Dylan’s words, it’s hard to get them out of your head. If you came of age in the Sixties or the Seventies, you grew up not only with the words, but with the melodies, and they … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day. They are, in a sense, the three-legged stool that anchors our union, much in the same way the three branches of government anchor its day-to-day operation. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed … Continue reading

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Some of my best friends are . . .

I have been thinking lately about that statement. No matter how you finish it off, it somehow sounds wrong, doesn’t it? So why do we keep repeating it? The only way, I think, that statement makes any sense, is if … Continue reading

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Turn up the volume, roll up your sleeves

Insights come in odd ways. They arrive at the strangest times, and in the strangest of places. This morning I was driving to an appointment. My mind was on the upcoming meeting, and my CD player provided soft background music. … Continue reading

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Saddened, and disturbed . . .

Many of my friends, unlike me, do not watch daily news on television. They do, however, like me, consider themselves well-informed, caring, thoughtful individuals and responsible inhabitants of a planet that seems to shrink daily in terms of interactive effects on our … Continue reading

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December 7

Somewhere in the middle of the Pacific seventy-four years ago, a ship received a radio message to alter its course. The captain of the vessel complied. That vessel and its “cargo” of American servicemen steamed into a port on the … Continue reading

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Food has little to do with it . . .

It’s Sunday, it’s raining, and the chill is seeping into my heart and my soul. The house was filled with the sounds of children and the buzz of adults alternately enjoying and enjoining those same children, or acting like children … Continue reading

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