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The Lost History

Do we live our lives remembering a past that didn’t actually exist? “Where I’m from we believe in all sorts of things that aren’t true. We call it history.” – The Wizard of Oz – Wicked A couple of weeks ago a colleague recommended that I read Wright Thompsons’s book, entitled Pappyland: A Story of … Continue reading The Lost History

Seashells and Waterfalls

I am a huge fan of video games, going way back. When I say “way back,” I mean I can remember the first time I saw a Pac-Man arcade machine and the immediate addiction that ensued upon insertion of that first quarter. That was before there were video arcades with dozens of machines lined up … Continue reading Seashells and Waterfalls

Social Media Is NOT News

Lin Manuel-Miranda is a musical genius. If you don’t know, you better ask somebody. After watching and listening to “Hamilton” dozens of times I read the book by Ron Chernow that inspired the musical and I was blown away by Miranda’s ability to take complex relationships and situations and boil them down to a few … Continue reading Social Media Is NOT News

Getting Out of Your Mind

In 1987 Paramount announced that they were launching a reboot (a relatively new concept at the time) of their classic and iconic space opera, Star Trek. Like everyone else, I was dubious. After all, central to the enduring success of Star Trek was the relationship between Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy. How good … Continue reading Getting Out of Your Mind

Religious, But Not Spiritual

“Spiritual, but not religious” – Frequent pick on multiple-choice demographic questionnaires Over the past decade there has been a steady decline in the number of Americans who identify as Christian church-goes. According to a recent study, only 65% of respondents said they actively attend religious services, down from 77% to 65% in just the past … Continue reading Religious, But Not Spiritual

Self-Fulfilling Headlines

“A person is smart. but people are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.” – Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black.I often sit around with friends talking about “the good old days” of Hollywood, the days when risks were taken, breathtaking advances were made and iconic movies defined our summer vacations. It was the age of … Continue reading Self-Fulfilling Headlines

Time To Restore The Fairness Doctrine

“A lie will fly around the whole world while the truth is getting its boots on.” – Mark Twain The fairness doctrine of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable, and … Continue reading Time To Restore The Fairness Doctrine

Be Afraid! Very Afraid!!

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson Not long ago I was dropping my daughter off at play rehearsal when I witnessed something truly astonishing. The procedure, of course, is that everyone has to have their temperature taken before entering the facility, and this is done … Continue reading Be Afraid! Very Afraid!!

I Speak For the Trees

“I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please!”― Dr. Seuss I spend a lot of time walking outside. It’s good for me, it’s great for my young beagle, Twix, and it gives me some time to breathe in fresh air, be in touch with … Continue reading I Speak For the Trees

Most People Don’t Change

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw Yesterday afternoon I sat on my back patio, the sun shining brightly and warmly on the Western horizon, a strong breeze challenging my ability to both read my book and hold my drink, and I pondered … Continue reading Most People Don’t Change

Prayer and Meditation

“(Prayer) does not change God, it changes me.” – C. S. Lewis One of the first real challenges to my Christian faith came when I started doing some critical thinking about prayer. In order to discuss it, however, we have to set some ground rules and definitions. For the point of this discussion, “God” refers … Continue reading Prayer and Meditation

The Strength in Silence

“You need not attend every argument to which you’re invited.” – Anonymous It is pretty much your knee-jerk reaction, and was mine for years. When someone attacks you verbally, whether accusing you or upset with you for some reason, the natural response is to snap back at them. That’s also the absolute worst thing you … Continue reading The Strength in Silence


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