The Sweet Spot

With the mid-term elections now behind us and the presidential election looming within 2 years, I’ve been fixated on finding the political/cultural Sweet Spot where some sense of unity can pull us out of this morass of polarization. When my candidate for state representative came up short on the election tally for the 3rd timeContinue reading “The Sweet Spot”

Strangers in our midst

We grew up the same Eating and shopping in the same places Supporting the same teams (mostly, despite some friendly rivalries) Saluting the same flag So when did we change? When did we divide? What makes us so angry? Do you have enough food, clothing, shelter? Are you living in the woods and eating outContinue reading “Strangers in our midst”

Sound Bites…Bumper Stickers…Food For Thought

As I reviewed my note pad observations of bumper stickers after working as a Mall Cop patrolling parking lots for 15 years, I present the following “gems” and observations. Note that they are presented in no particular order of priority . In some cases, they do not reflect my own beliefs/views. Note also that thisContinue reading “Sound Bites…Bumper Stickers…Food For Thought”

Common Denominators

The phrase sends chills down my back with memories of math classes and phrases like “solve for X” However, in the world of politics and current events, the viability of our democracy is at stake if we do not learn the value of Common Denominators. What follows is a lesson not in math but ratherContinue reading “Common Denominators”

The Narrows and the Shallows

The NARROWS Their line of sight is narrow They can only think in one direction They can never back up. They can not Re-chart. Re-tool. They only talk to each other. They only listen to each other. They only listen on rare occasions, always keen to positions that match their stance. They only know whatContinue reading “The Narrows and the Shallows”

50 Shades of Patriotism

So if you’re looking for some steamy story in this blog, you will be disappointed. The inspiration for this blog was the following observaton: An oversized pick up (mint condition without a speck of dust having never done a day of gritty manual labor) came roaring by (wasting gas using up what remains of ourContinue reading “50 Shades of Patriotism”

Give credit where credit is due

When it comes to what Democrats and Progressives do and what they get credit for, there appears to be a disconnect that hurts them at the voting booth. Got me to thinking there should be a 3 column litmus test to match up the following: What they accomplish What they get credit for Who theyContinue reading “Give credit where credit is due”

The Boiling Point

We’ve all heard the story of the frogs in the pot of water that gradually gets so hot that it boils them and they miss the opportunity to hop out of the pot, Got me to thinking…there’s all sorts of pots that are heating up to the point of no return if we are notContinue reading “The Boiling Point”

Beware the UNDERTOW

As an avid swimmer and swim instructor, I have a healthy appreciation for the danger of undertow. But we need to beware of the other types of undertows: In the office…. The boss and upper management announce policies and procedures expecting enthusiastic implementation. Beware the undertow of staff who are not on board. The newContinue reading “Beware the UNDERTOW”

Cashing Out

I was thinking of the following riddle the other day: Question: What do you call it when you die pennyless? Answer: Good timing This also remined me of the February anniversary of my fathers death some years ago when he died basically of old age at 93. He had a good life, survived WW2, workedContinue reading “Cashing Out”