We’re All Affected

“Violence is not a symbol, but a reality: people get hurt, businesses get destroyed, kids get arrested, and catharsis is always momentary. Always it is the most vulnerable – people of color – who get hurt, watch their businesses burn, get arrested, and then have their catharsis with tears in their eyes.”   Stephen Eric Bronner,Continue reading “We’re All Affected”

Why Is Everything So Hard?

“Isn’t it funny how day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C. S. Lewis “Nothing ever changes for the better.” – Unknown It’s hard to pinpoint, exactly, when things began to change so drastically in this country.  Many pundits set the beginning of our current debacle at Reagan’sContinue reading “Why Is Everything So Hard?”

I Want to Be the Star

In every horror or sci-fi or large-scale adventure flick, there’s always someone who dashes through the door or flings himself into the fray before anyone else, frequently shouting something along the lines of, “I’m not afraid,” or, “Don’t worry, I’ll be OK,” or, in the words of many a Darwin Award winner, “Watch this!”  TheContinue reading “I Want to Be the Star”

And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’

It’s at least a week’s worth of news cycles ago that word came out about unemployment benefits and people’s return to work.  Turns out that, while Congress was reluctantly pushed into extending and enlarging unemployment coverage, there were strings attached.  Those being that employees who were recalled to jobs had no choice but to goContinue reading “And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’”

How Did We Get Here?

To paraphrase Mary Magdalene’s soul searching in Jesus Christ Superstar, “I never thought we’d come to this/What’s it all about?” For decades, there have been divisions in this country about who deserves a social safety net, how much pollution is too much, whether trickle-down economics works, how to maximize educational opportunities, and such esoteric issuesContinue reading “How Did We Get Here?”

The Cost of Doing Business

Last week, Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said, “One day this peak [in early April] will look relatively small compared to the activity we will see coming down the pike. That’s inevitable.”  He was speaking of overall conditions in the country, andContinue reading “The Cost of Doing Business”

American Exceptionalism

My next-door neighbor has an unusual house; around here, it’s known as, “the Castle.”  Even though it’s at the end of our quiet side street, people constantly drive down, stop, and gawk at the house and yard.  The dwelling looks like a miniature Tudor castle, complete with battlements, a parapet across the top, a roundContinue reading “American Exceptionalism”