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…

Letter to elected officials

Dear Republican Party, Are you concerned? If not, are you paying attention? Your boy won the election. This is your regime. That means his behavior reflects on you. Unfortunately, his immaturity also damages the reputation of all Americans and the United States of America. Have you noticed the circus operating from the oval office. While…

Praying for Serenity

  Some things we can influence. Put your time and energy into these. Face forward instead of looking back. What are some actions a citizen might take? What actions are YOU willing to take regularly? What issue are you most passionate about? Do those actions/issues bring you into community with other like-minded people? Use the wisdom…

Mind your Waste

Sometimes I start writing one thing and another shows up on the screen.  If that magic only translated into a self-writing research paper to complete the requirement that is currently breathing down my neck as the end of semester draws near. This story is more interesting than analyzing how well schools educate for democratic citizenship…

Democracy in action

At dawn’s early light on Tuesday, the line of voters stretched for hundreds of feet, not unlike Black Friday sales events. By mid-morning, the line had grown even longer. Voters were out in force, committed to making their voices heard. For months, the election was THE topic of conversation, more than the unseasonably warm November sunshine or…