Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites

The growing number of outlandish conspiracy theories and factual inaccuracies (aka fake news) prompted me to list some responses that I present for consideration and further discussion. I propose a multi-tier level of responses ranging from conciliatory to debatable to “oh hell know, that’s crazy talk”. Conciliatory and empathetic: “You sound like you have aContinue reading “Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites”

Society By Membership

In my 2 years of blogging, this is the blog I had the most difficulty composing. My consternation evolves around the desire to NOT send the wrong message or be mis-interpreted. That said, I still wanted to create a post that provides a possible link between the left and the right camps. Progressive visionaries onContinue reading “Society By Membership”

Career: Military vs. Peace Corps

We’re all familiar with the military career and all that comes with that: Benefits, pension Lifetime guarantee of “3 hots and a cot” Health care, VA benefits Sense of purpose, camaraderie Sense of order, chain of command, discipline Potential to gain skills, learn, grow Potential to “rise up in the ranks” Potential to “see theContinue reading “Career: Military vs. Peace Corps”

Irish Wake…..American Wake

Most folks (especially of Irish decent) are familiar with the term “Irish Wake”. For those needing a refresher course, it started with the Great Famine/Great Migration of the Irish, many of whom emigrated to the USA (and anywhere else) to escape hunger and suppression. They were well aware that once they moved to a distantContinue reading “Irish Wake…..American Wake”

It all started with TV

What started? The beginning of the end of critical thought and imagination. It all started innocently in the early 1960’s. Cartoons on Saturday mornings were a treat. In the mid-1960’s the next treat for me was to watch cop shows in the evenings (if homework was done). Favorites were Adam-12, Dragnet, Mannix, Hawaii 50, justContinue reading “It all started with TV”

Tipping Point:

What’s worth protesting against? What’s worth dying for? Everyone I encounter seems to have strong opinions in this polarized world. Well, not really everyone. Many lack any opinions and their passions evolve around the mundane of sports, gaming, shopping and tweeting. As for the polarized persons for whom emotions run high, it got me toContinue reading “Tipping Point:”

One Priority, One Project

What would be the one project we all could engage in to build a renewed sense of community, unity and purpose? So many good causes, so many non-profits. Just check the list of the United Way and the Community Calendar of any community and you will be overwhelmed by the selections. All worthy causes andContinue reading “One Priority, One Project”

What will be the next ISIS?

Since it’s approaching 20 years since the 911 tragedy, I got to wondering what will be the next ISIS or Al-Kaida type threat. To answer this question, I considered the level of hate and frustration that built up in the mid-east (and beyond) against America. We have come to realize after years of mucking aroundContinue reading “What will be the next ISIS?”

Looking Back…Looking Forward

One of my best friend’s recently passed away. She was my wife’s best friend going back to her high school days. Wonderful person who will be sorely missed. Taken too soon at an early age of 65 by a rare disease. The elephant in this sorrowful room is the onward march of time. Our generationContinue reading “Looking Back…Looking Forward”