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”

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”

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:”

Manifesto of Big Ideas: Arbitration for all that ails us

Replace overbearing over-reach with reasoned oversight Too much oversight vs. too little recourse for injustices The government is often accused of being too big and too intrusive. The judicial system is a lengthy process. Litigation is costly for the aggrieved and out of reach for the poor . They are the ones most in needContinue reading “Manifesto of Big Ideas: Arbitration for all that ails us”