Mr. Putin? Any Ideas?

The wily Brownshirt in the Kremlin, Mr. Putin, saved us from an immediate debacle in Syria. He must be wondering if Mr. Obama is going to call and ask him to deal with Congress and the government shutdown. Sadly for the President, Putin is unlikely to help, because as our Interim Leader he would have [Read More...]

Star Trek: Five TV Shows That Mattered (III)

Star Trek delayed my Dad’s pastoral visit: it had that power. He came to visit a family and they paused him while they finished an original series episode. He understood. A world without DVR’s was like that. Picking Star Trek as a show that mattered is obvious, because it was one of the first television shows that [Read More...]

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Five TV Shows that Mattered (II)

What The Andy Griffith Show did for life in the South, the Dick Van Dyke Show did for the suburbs: TV showed a way that a tract home could house great things or at least great fun. I can never take complaints about the soulless life there seriously, because I knew that Rob and Laura could make [Read More...]

The Andy Griffith Show: Five Television Shows that Mattered (I)

Would I have married her if she did not love the Andy Griffith Show? Probably, but we would not have been as close as we are. Growing up I learned more from reruns of the Andy Griffith Show, than from any number of school classes. I cannot be the only one of my generation. The Andy Griffith Show is [Read More...]

A Whole Soul: The Goal of Education (Part IV)

What should I want for those I love? I want them to be happy, of course, but not at the cost of their soul. If hurting other people makes them happy, then I would prefer those I love be less happy, but better human beings. That is obvious, plain enough that I sometimes forget it [Read More...]