The Other Side of Despair

I’m aware that some of the things posted on this website can cause frustration, anger…even despair. My heartfelt hope though, is that you will discover that trying to ignore what’s going on in our world is not helpful. For sure it’s not in the long run. My dear grandmother was fond of saying: “If you […]

Let’s Honor the REAL Martin Luther King

We like to remember MLK as a hero, a man revered by all except a few white supremacist jerks. Well. Here’s what I want to say about that. Way too few Americans thought of him as a hero in 1968. Not that he wasn’t worthy of it. I heard him give a talk in upper […]

Can This Be Church?

Bet you never thought church could be like this. Here you are nourished and thrilled by a full orchestra played by seasoned and professional instrumentalists. I know. That happens in lots of churches today but here’s the thing. Most of these instruments are played by members of the congregation. Yes. I did say most of […]

Aslan, A Lion Roars (with a big smile on his face)

Reza Aslan says we progressive thinkers need to own up to the part we’ve played in the number of wackos running for President this year. Watch a few minutes of this video and you’ll learn that many of us simply dismiss conservatives out of hand as being “low information, uneducated, even ignorant.” Aslan clearly shows […]

Ralph Nader Was/Is Right

You need to watch this. Among the things you’ll learn: Why Nader doesn’t think Trump will be the Republican nominee. For you millions of Bernie Sanders supporters, here is how to really help him. If you have only 2 minutes to give to this video, click in at 13:30 and out at 15:30. Nader is […]

The Paucity of Paris

Do you agree with the so-called Paris Agreement? I don’t. Apparently I’m in good company. James Hansen, adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies says it’s just “bovine excrement.” (my rendition of his more colloquial descriptor) The 196 […]

A Broader Kinship for Christmas

If you’re like me the idea of giving and receiving more of the normal “stuff” this Christmas might not be very appealing. But what if your family, your familiar and comfortable kin, would become radically inclusive this year and welcome in a true stranger? How about a black-clad Muslim woman from your local community college? […]

A Senator For All Of Us

If you’ve about given up on our political system, watch this video. If you thought politicians are “all about the money, all the time,” watch this video. I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did. Ben Sasse is the kind of principled Senator we used to expect all of them to be. Here he is […]

All The Women Are Strong

Do You Know This Woman? If you are, or have ever been a wife and/or a mother you will immediately say “yes, of course I do.” She is strong and good. And she has absolutely no problem being her best, unreservedly compassionate, fully human self. These are qualities we men, even when we know we […]

Mission Possible

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” is to read this piece through to the end. Unfortunately whether or not you admit Chris Hedges is right, the truths he’s telling will not go away. Here’s the thing though, ignoring this admittedly disturbing article won’t work in the long run. The fact that you’re reading […]