Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like

While listening to a fascinating interview of author and biographer Richard Norton Smith describe how he discovered what really “made some famous persons tick”, it occurred to me that the act of writing a biography could go a long way to understanding someone else’s essence. Only when we know all the intimate details of theContinue reading “Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like”

I’m hurting, angry AND I’m a patriot!

With the passing of the anniversary of the 2021 insurrection (riot or whatever you want to call it) at the U.S. Capitol, I wanted to draw a comparison of myself and those who participated that day. My characteristics, my circumstances: I’m facing over 25 years of college loan payments. I will probably be dead longContinue reading “I’m hurting, angry AND I’m a patriot!”

Why do we hate each other so?

We connect on so may levels, enjoying laughs, sharing stories. I tell my mall stories based on 15 years as a mall cop Neighborhood pals, high school and college buddies share hilarious tales and hijinks. Every conversation starts with the phrase “remember the time when”. We end up toasting to good times and pledging toContinue reading “Why do we hate each other so?”

Children Lost In The Mall

This is NOT a story about a mother who lost her toddlers in the food court. This IS the true story of 5 youngsters who lost their moral compass, rampaged thru a mall on the day after Christmas (aka, National Mall Riot Day), got arrested for disorderly conduct and one of them threw a punchContinue reading “Children Lost In The Mall”

Cops in the future

What shall be the role of cops in the future? Who will want to be a cop in the future? Who would we want to be a cop in the future Full disclosure: Being Irish-American, I come from a long line of cops including my father and numerous uncles and great-uncles. Growing up I plannedContinue reading “Cops in the future”

How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters

I describe myself as a tough-love Democrat. Tough because I seek fiscal austerity, consequences for wrong doing (do the crime, do the time), and efficiency in program implementation (cut out the waste) Love because I want everybody to be fed so they don’t starve, clothed so they don’t freeze, patched up when they get sickContinue reading “How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters”

Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites

Originally posted on Dunn Writes Well:
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 no, that’s crazy talk”. Conciliatory and empathetic:…

The difference between differing and parting ways

I like peas, you like carrots. I like swimming, you like golf. These are differences we can live with. Let’ move on to some bigger issues, I may think big government (aka national government) is good. You may think it’s overblown and overreaching. You may prefer states rights. Maybe there can be a nuanced solutionContinue reading “The difference between differing and parting ways”

A Tutorial For Democrats

How to regain the blue collar, working class, small business contractors, unions, law & order advocates, first-responders, uniformed services, military and moderate-right of center sectors of society That’s a mouthful and a tall order but here’s how to do it: Talking points and strategies: Become Tough-Love Democrats Firmly establish yourselves as tough-love democrats. Define TOUGHContinue reading “A Tutorial For Democrats”