Making America great isn’t what someone can do, it’s actually who we are. We need to look through the current rhetoric which is very much an either/or proposition. It seems that a person must not only support some policy or position in the current times, there needs to be a loyalty which translates into for … More Remembering American Greatness
My mother was not averse to washing my mouth out with soap. I should define that as a mouth that spoke four letter words, dirty words, as they were called. Sometimes a hairbrush came flying at me and my brothers for being ugly to each other. The ultimate challenge was avoiding a swat with her … More Who Is teaching our children?
What course should we, America, be following? Mr. Trump attacks various trade agreements. He states that these have given an unfair advantage to foreign countries and competitors. Traditionally the Republican Party has supported such agreements as beneficial to business. The Democratic Party has been less inclined to support them as harmful to labor. I want … More The Leadership Vacuum
This is a tale, a fiction, but one I could imagine happening. Ibrahim, who has lived in the United States for 6 years wrote a letter to his friend in Iraq. Ibrahim emigrated to the US with help from the US Army after working with US soldiers as an interpreter in southern Iraq for five … More So This Is Christmas?
Dear President-Elect Trump, Your campaign promised working people jobs, good jobs. This was your commitment to them. It is the main campaign pledge to these working Americans. Unfortunately these people overlooked the worst in you but this is the line you drew in the sand. The Rubicon was Caesar’s line to be crossed, an actual … More The Line Not To Cross
Relax this is not a journey to Jerusalem or Rome for those so inclined. There are many portraits of Jesus laughing but I haven’t seen any actual photos. There is a famous artist rendering of the face of Jesus smiling on one side but sad on the opposite side. I have often wondered what the … More Did Jesus Ever Laugh?
My recent visit to New York City was both an enjoyable and enlightening experience. NYC has always been a great city to visit. It has life and culture and vitality. The sidewalks don’t roll up at 8:30 – 9:00 o’clock and it’s like the lights are always on. There are restaurants and theaters and people … More New York, New York
You have to believe in people, that’s all we have, is a line at the end of a commercial for a television series. Current times make this belief most difficult. How do we at least view, since many of us don’t read, the constant messaging which seems to say look out for number one. The … More Believe In People, They’re All We Have
Phyllis Tickle wrote an excellent book entitled “The Great Emergence.” Although the book discusses how church’s experience substantial changes about every 500 years, church behavior is not the purpose of this reference. Communication between and among people is the reason for this reference. As people relocated from the country and rural small town type lifestyles … More Sticks and Stones
The diner is dated but clean located in a neighborhood which has become predominantly African-American but was white, anglo. The clientele reflect this change. The patrons are mixed, mostly black,some hispanics and aging whites, who lived in the neighborhood from the earlier days but it is home. Working class types sit around the lunch counter … More The Diner: A Paris Afterthought