Before Cloistering, Immersion

Before “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” became commonplace terms… Before closings and cancellations… Before the hoarding of toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, and water bottles… We had one last hurrah. You never know when the last time will be last, until you look back. It seems much longer than less than two weeks ago… To…

Less Pluribus, More Unum

If you watch a construction project from start to finish, you learn that it’s easier to tear down than to build up. A bulldozer can make short work of knocking down a building, although the demolition phase is usually purposeful, not indiscriminate. Once the structure is leveled and piles of debris hauled away, it can take…

Do you see what I see?

We were taking an evening walk with a three-year-old around Christmas time. “Let’s walk as far as the tree with the red and green lights.” He looked puzzled, turning from side to side, and asked: “What tree?” “That tree in front of us that looks like a big carrot.” It seemed impossible to miss. “Don’t…

WHO or WHAT do you serve?

At times, the political system seems inhabited by 4th graders angling for playground supremacy. The children (based on maturity, not chronology) bully and name-call to establish dominance. Reflecting back on this year’s activities with our West Point class, I noticed the R identifier after our Congressman classmate’s name. What is the party designation needed post-election?…

Hot times, summer in the city

These are hot times we live in, only partially attributable to soaring temperatures. If people disagree, it’s not just a difference of opinion, they react like it’s a personal affront, spewing venom, fury, and hatred towards perceived enemies. There is more incite than insight, generating heat and anger, but not warmth or light. Reading an…

Actions speak louder than labels

As I walked in a crosswalk, a driver stared at me and then rolled right in front of me. If I hadn’t stopped, the car would have hit me.  It’s possible the phone she was using distracted her. As she passed, I noticed the license plate’s ironic message: Choose Life. Apparently, there are limits to…

It’s (almost) ALL in the NAME!

A book by any other author would not sell as sweet! Former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson live in neighboring towns in New York. They teamed up to write this summer’s hottest book: The President is Missing. The thriller has sold millions of books so far, in spite of some carefully worded, restrained reviews. The…