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”

Safe or Sorry?, Part II, or 1984 Redux

The other shoe has dropped.  In my last post, I was wondering why Governor DeWine would remove the lockdown so soon.  It didn’t make sense, given his initial cautious policies.  Now I get it.  The lockdown is still in place until May 29th.  Theoretically, that is.  However, businesses are still slated to re-open on MayContinue reading “Safe or Sorry?, Part II, or 1984 Redux”

Squirrels Don’t Like Carrots…

….but they will eat raisins, if there’s nothing else on offer.  And given the choice, they prefer peanuts to walnuts.  At least, these are the anecdotal observations I’ve made of the three representatives of their species with which I now have a nodding acquaintance.  I feel it’s a privilege to be able to watch theseContinue reading “Squirrels Don’t Like Carrots…”

Unappreciated Gifts

Writer and filmmaker Julio Vincent Gambuto published an essay recently, predicting that the return to “normalcy” in our country will involve the biggest gaslighting project ever put in motion.  That is, media outlets everywhere, of all types, will not only be selling us on the critical importance of ramping up our lives in short order,Continue reading “Unappreciated Gifts”