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A Natural History of Sexual Harassment: Darwin to Lauer

Well, good heavens! It seems every morning we’re waking up now to news of another masculine celebrity accused and smacked down careerwise for, you guessed it, “sexual harassment.” Yes siree. Ailes, O’Reilly, Weinstein, Spacey, Rose, Louis C. K., Franken, Conyers, Seagal, Hoffman, Halperin, Keillor, Stone, Affleck, Lauer, James Levine, even old daddy H.W. Bush—and all […]

Kitsch, Decadence and the Why of Donald Trump

The artistic concept of “decadence,” as either a movement or a condition, can be traced back at least to the eighteenth century and appears and reappears (think Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, 1920s Berlin, etc.) moving forward up to the present time. And it would seem, in the broadest sense of that word, that once again we’re […]

To Keep, or to Cast Away

“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12: 2

Perhaps it had something to do with my having been listening to the angst-ridden radio newscast prior […]

Snake Gratitude, or Anthropomorphism?

This past Mother’s Day, my wife and I (neither one of us parents) had a close encounter with the greatest mother of all—Mother Nature. Unexpected, perplexing, yet ultimately, in a way, gratifying. And not soon to be forgotten!

Intending to spend the day at our little vacation house on Lake Gardner and catch up some […]

In a World Devoid of Noise

If you’re a frequent lunch customer at the Mission Wendy’s, you would surely have seen him on occasion stepping up in line wearing his blue-gray U. S. Postal uniform, writing his order on a napkin, claiming his food tray and proceeding to a booth, always to dine alone. A slender man, tall in stature—his name […]

Subway Story – Determined Taurus

I am a Taurus. Bull headed and quite determined. When I want something I work at getting it. My determination knows no bounds. The book I want to see published will come out soon. I will have a lobster tail for dinner even if I have to go and catch the damn lobster myself. And […]

An Outing for Evan

Normally I avoid eateries that cater to families with little children. My experience,as a tough parent, has been holding my tongue while the little ones run wild and the parents do nothing but use their inside voices to ask, not demand, that the kids sit down. But it was mid-afternoon on a sunny Saturday and […]

Johnny B Goode

Johnny B Goode

Everywhere I went today, people were talking about Chuck Berry. In the church parking lot, at the little Mexican restaurant my mom and I go to breakfast, at my songwriters’ meeting, at the gym and later in the evening at dinner. Everybody had a story, something they had heard about […]

Lent

Lent

 

I went to church today, Ash Wednesday, with my mother. We arrived on time and I said hello and shook hands with Mike, the usher usually stationed on the east side of the church. We took our place in the last pew of the front section of the church, prayed the Confitor, listened […]

Respect for the Flag

Recently there have been reports of United States flags found in trash bags. While the details may be sketchy as to how or why they wound up in trash bags it raises concerns. Our flag has been a symbol of pride since the beginning of our country and it deserves respect. While our country may […]