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2019

  • 2019

    Earthrise: A new story

    Two consequential events dramatically altered the world’s climate and ecosystem. The first occurred 66 million years ago when a seven-mile-wide asteroid smashed into earth near Yucatan. Within 24 hours, the species…

  • 2019

    Ekphrasis and the collapse of compassion

    If I look at the mass, I will never act. – Mother Teresa Another moving photo of immigrants’ plights, that of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and…

  • 2019

    Perversion of American moral values

    Recently, a young friend visiting from Europe asked what I am proud of and love about America.   The United States, I began, is the oldest constitutional republic, possibly in history.…

  • 2019

    America the Microbrew

    A refreshing headline appeared recently in the Washington Post: “‘Wrong, plain and simple’: 50 years after the Stonewall raid, New York City’s police commissioner apologizes.” It was on June 28, 1969…

  • 2019

    Fishing in a bathtub

    It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world, but for Wales? – “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt Last week, we traveled to Henry’s…

  • 2019

    Enforcing laws isn’t so simple

    And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you–where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? – “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt…

  • 2019

    Origins of Trumpism

    For Donald Trump, it’s always about him. His biography broadcasts that loudly and clearly. With each new tweet and campaign-style utterance, he reinforces and amplifies his narcissistic, pathological personality. The recent…

  • 2019

    Far from the madding crowd

    There’s a line in Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” that resonates with those wanting to shut off the noise and detach from the grid: “Far from the madding…

  • 2019

    Grappling with understanding America

    I loved teaching Moby Dick. Herman Melville’s novel is chock-full of scenes and passages rife with imagery and complexity that challenged my students to think more deeply. One scene, Ahab talking…

  • 2019

    Vaccine’s story of hope

    The recently concluded legislative session was a doozy. Much pragmatic, common-sense legislation was enacted primarily because the can-do party was in power while the party-of-no was relegated to the backbench by…

  • 2019

    Dems need to thread the needle in 2020

    Fight-or-flight has been a primal instinct since our days on the African savannah. 70,000 years ago, it was always life-or-death survival. Today, not so much. For us, it’s not a case…

  • 2019

    The Human Touch

    For some time, I struggled with a draft about Joe Biden being called down for his “tactile” approach to politics and life in general. I wanted to get it right, given…

  • 2019

    Dems 11th Commandment

    All I know is if you can’t touch someone without their permission anymore, then put my picture on the wall at the post office. How do we know how to behave…