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I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. It is the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci

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 […]

A Black Mother, Her Babies and America

As most of my readers know by now, my favorite haunt for a frugal breakfast and stimulating conversation is the local Wendy’s restaurant. Walk in most days and you’ll be greeted at the counter by a captivating black female with meticulously braided hair piled high above her Wendy’s visor, a velvety-soft and flawless complexion and […]