Category: Stories We Tell

Our Heart of Darkness

In honor of Black History Month, this is the first of a multi-part series on the struggle for racial equality in the U.S.  I'm aware of the potential arrogance of writing about racial experience while occupying the throne of the U.S. racial pyramid (whiteness), however false it may be.  I hope you will have forgiveness ...

We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us…

Radical Centrism Papers: It's War. No Less Pt 3 My last two posts HERE and HERE, about fighting against the breakdowns in our political dialogue and institutional crises in our country have drawn a lot of comment and criticism, especially on Facebook. I have decided to handle that in a "Reader Feedback blog" in my ...

Boomerville, USA

Mom and Dad Create the World, Part III My experience growing up was like a lot of kids, I suppose.  Though I don’t remember it, my first home after the Arkansas home of my mother’s parents, was in Selah, a small suburb of Yakima, Washington. With my parents and my older brother, we had arrived ...

Guys, It’s Not Trump! It’s the GOP

Above: The Georgia race — John Ossoff and the Elephant-in-the-Room Memos to Demos I: OK, it's been a year.  Democratic candidates have now focused their hopes on tying Trump as the bogeyman to the local candidate in each of five elections. They lost them all. They are doing the same in the Virginia governor's contest that, ...

Coming Together for Good

Mom and Dad Create the World 2 The American century (20th) followed the arc of our immigrant families that peopled the East Coast and midwest in the late 19th and early 20th century. Indeed, the vibrancy of the US economy as it grew through the 40's and 50's into a world power must be attributed ...

The Loudmouth in the Bar

Remember Archie Bunker, a television avatar who became not a laughing stock, but a symbol of resistance for the common man. There’s a fascination with a loudmouth know-it-all in a bar.  He’s the guy who treats the world like the male to male competition among certain species of birds or other animals: instead of beaks, ...

Stories We Tell Ourselves

Okay, I’m not trying to be off-putting on my earliest posts, but the concepts of language and narrative that I explain here are central to so many of the posts that follow. So, please ignore or skim this brief detour through philosophy if you choose. I think there’s a peculiar discovery that underlies much of ...