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2018

  • 2018

    Telling yours and listening to others’ stories

    It seems we can’t get a break from carping, whining, and finger-pointing. Social-political angst. Many thrive on it. It’s an addiction, a drug flowing through their veins. A detox course would…

  • 2018

    Tis the season of giving

    It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.…

  • 2018

    The Power of Books

    In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the Wittenberg, Germany church door. Initially, the document didn’t make much of a splash. Luther wrote it, though, at the dawn of…

  • 2018

    Simplicity of giving thanks

    Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. The reason lies in its simplicity: The day is not laden with fervor. Rather, it is premised on a simple construct: Offering gratitude. My friend…

  • 2018

    By their fruits, ye shall know them

    Hate your neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace. “Eve of Destruction” – P. F. Sloan, sung by Barry McGuire From the gospels, we can glean a measure of what Jesus…

  • 2018

    Dehumanizing others

    In “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “In the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.” It’s from that…

  • 2018

    Trust, relationships, and civic virtue

    Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard states, “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.” Yes, we concur, but why is that so? What constitutes a good reputation? Ever had…

  • 2018

    Thoughts on ballot issues

    Feeling a bit or a lot overwhelmed with the extensive ballot? As I’ve written, it’s a price to pay for living in a participatory democracy. It’s compounded, though, by Colorado’s rejection…

  • 2018

    2018 Candidate Musings

    Because of their active get-out-the-vote efforts and speaking cogently about the issues, two commissioner candidates have risen to the top: George Marlin and Mike Hillman. Talking with Mike and watching his…

  • 2018

    Election Prep 101

    Loving participatory democracy? I hope so, but if it’s too onerous and you’re unwilling to do or not up to the heavy lifting of citizenship, there’s always the option to emigrate…

  • 2018

    Breathing the methane

    What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but rather open defiance. – Jason Stanley, “How Propaganda Works” The water in Georgetown was off this morning. A leak…

  • 2018

    What is justice?

    What is justice? I suppose we could probe Plato’s “Republic” for an answer, but that would be a bit much for an op-ed piece. Perhaps we can agree as a starting…

  • 2018

    A skeptical mind is a healthy mind

    What, me worry? – Alfred E. Neuman In Greek mythology, Cassandra was blessed by Apollo with the gift of prophecy. But when she spurned his advances, he laid a curse on…

  • 2018

    The party revolutions

    John McCain was a singular character whose passing has left a void unlikely to be filled. His maverick persona, while imperfect, and mental toughness bespoke of his character in defiance of…