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 ...

Time for Sanders Supporters to Grow Up?

Well, recent troubles with the party management and power structure of the Democratic Party illustrate that they seem to be as busy as the Republicans at tearing their party apart. A Salon editorial by Sophia McClennen published last spring, is one of the most articulate expression of the resentments of a substantial portion of the Sanders wing ...

From an Unrecognizable World

Mom and Dad Create the World, Part I My dad grew up on a farm in Manning, Iowa, America’s heartland (there picking up ideals of honesty, work, and duty that informed his life). He walked several miles to a one-room schoolhouse until eighth grade, when his father required him to quit school to work the ...

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, ...

Welcome to Your Front Row Seats at the Apocalypse!

"May you live in interesting times," they say... Well, we do. But it seems we are pitifully powerless to affect the change hurtling toward us. We feel less like the hero in the arena, and more like we just bought front row seats at the Apocalypse! This is a blog for everyone who's interested in ...

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 ...

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