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Sexual Harassment (A Long And Winding Road To Equality)

I guess its time for me, as I am wont to do, to weigh in on another issue of the time before I go. I will be brief here, only because traditionally this would not be a man’s topic to speak on. (But I guess just saying that identifies my time and place is […]

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 Bloom Where You’re Planted—or Not?

My old friend the acclaimed ecstatic poet Paul Goldman and I often debate differing points of view on where today the world is headed. While he believes we’re transitioning into a golden, harmonious state for humanity, I, on the other hand, am of the persuasion that, although humankind may get to “collective heaven” eventually, there […]

Homeless in Paradise: Alice and Dwight

We lost a good friend to the grim reaper a month ago. A great conversationalist and world traveler (he’d been an airline pilot), Bob hadn’t wasted a minute of the 94 years of life he’d been granted, and he left behind a multimillion-dollar estate to his son and daughter. They held a “life-celebration” gathering at […]

THE FARCE OF COLUMBUS DAY

When Taino Indians saved Christopher Columbus from certain death Oct. 12, 1492, what occurred next was neither beautiful nor heroic. His diaries indicated he was greeted with the most generous hospitality he had ever known, yet he immediately began the encomienda system tying Indian slaves to their stolen lands, and was personally responsible for […]

Carrying the New Puritan Flag

I was musing today about the supposed backlash against the Obama Administration’s proposal to require religious organizations like universities, hospitals, etc. to provide, as part of their health benefits to their workers, contraceptives. This is being presented as an assault on religious freedom and more particularly, Christianity–even though twenty-eight states have a similar law […]

A Commitment To Indigenous Morality

“Goodness does not thrive in the absence of evil. Selfishness, small vices, and jealousies dominate the people in those times. True goodness only emerges in the threat and presence of Shadow—nestling in the crook of its arm, whispering in its ear, until the Shadow goes mad and men relinquish their fears to cry once […]

Gun Control: Being Honest

As a lifelong gun-owner with a concealed weapon permit and an admitted fascination with the technology and hardware of firearms, I think its time to own up to the realities of gun violence in the U.S. and the honest reason why gun-control is opposed so vehemently. It has to do with the elementary psyche […]

The Extinction of the 21st Century Optimist

For a good many years now, I’ve seen myself as someone nurturing hope personally and optimism generally. Pessimism, to me, just seemed to be a dog that wouldn’t hunt, an inaccurate reflection of all reality, and not a prescription for a satisfying life. When things went awry, one could always—like Annie’s classic song “Tomorrow” expresses—look […]