“Dear Frank, While I was in therapy recovering from the literal brain damage I experienced due to evangelical fundamentalism plus incest”…

 Hi Frank,While I was in therapy recovering from the literal brain damage I experienced due to evangelical fundamentalism plus incest, my therapist advised me not to read others' stories/work because she wanted me to keep my memories uncontaminated from others'.  SO I just finished your Calvin Becker trilogy (Portofino, Zermatt and Saving Grandma) because I kept the same policy while writing my memoir series.Your trilogy hit me hard because it was so accurate!  I could fe … [Read more...]

Here’s What I’ve Learned from the Experiences Offered by Life In General, And by Fatherhood and Grandparenthood In Particular: Beauty Matters More than Career

Once during a brief visit home while I was on a particularly travel-filled and arduous university lecture tour in 2014, my granddaughter Lucy (then 5) asked me plaintively, “Ba, but why are you traveling so much?”“To sell my latest book,” I said. “I earn my living as a writer.”She thought about this for a few moments and then stated emphatically, “Ba, you should write less!”It seems to me that Lucy had already gotten one thing right: she intuitively knew that our human connections are … [Read more...]

Imagine the HORROR of Trump-The-Untrustworthy Offering “Comfort” To Grieving Americans after a Terror Attack or Other Tragedy

When President W Bush sent my Marine son to war three times (2003-2004) I thought Bush was a fool, but not a dishonorable person. I wrote this in the Washington Post: Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry. President Bush read the piece … [Read more...]

There’s Only One Way the Democratic Party Can Win Back the White House and Congress: Toss a Lit Match into the Gas Can of Trump Voters’ Perpetual Anger

 Put it this way: How does one talk someone mired in irrational beliefs into accepting fact-based reality? More to the point these days, how does one change a Trump voter’s mind and get her or him to reject Trump’s multiplying lies and vote for a Democrat next time?How do you reason someone out of a position that they themselves did not reason into?The answer is—you can’t.But you can pry enough Trump voters out of the Republican Party and incite them to vote for Democrats, an … [Read more...]

America Dishonored

I had never thought about ancestry much until Trump was elected. His fanning the flames of hate for the “other” reminded me that my family goes “way back” in America. Far from that being a matter of pride being a white American is one of shame. I was thinking about this as I made a video talking about Trump while standing in a small military graveyard. I was also thinking about my family beginning with my son John who served in the US Marines and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003 and … [Read more...]

Do NOT Miss This Explosive NEW Well Made Documentary Exposé of Trump’s Slimiest Alt-Fringe Cohort – Steve Bannon (If you’re Not Horrified You Don’t Have a Heartbeat) WATCH

(Photo YouTube) Steve Bannon is the slimy Alt-Fringe delusional brain behind brain-less and unstable and bizarrely confused Tweeter-Of-Lies "president"  Trump. And Bannon is a certified a right-wing extremist with a sickening penchant for the personal abuse of others and vile power trips. As Howard Fineman writes Bannon is: A master of cunning, apocalyptic, xenophobic narrative, Steve Bannon has given Trump a grander mission ― that of saving the Christian West from Islam, mat … [Read more...]

Don’t like Trump? Meet the 2 people who with their children (literally) put Trump in power

(Photo YouTube Rebecca Mercer, left, with her parents Robert and Diana Mercer)  Don't like Trump? Meet the 2 people who with their children (literally) put Trump in power and are now funding the rise of the white nationalist anti-American hate machine of the far, far racist right... For these billionaire high tech extremists, Trump is just "Act I" ... (George Orwell call your office!) In this explosive revealing exposé the Washington Post sheds sunlight on the murky secret plan of an … [Read more...]

Trump Is President Because Too Many On the Left Put Faith in Late Night Comedy Rather Than Policy: Call This the Daily Show Epic Fail

 The Daily Show was an epic fail: irony and snark lost to the reality of Trump, as it were. Trump is president because the left, liberals and especially younger people put their faith in late night comedy rather than policy. Even now, two months-plus into Trump’s term, liberals still haven’t figured out that the reason he’s president is because millions of union members and many left-leaning nonvoters decided to show up for Trump rather – as it were—than for the late night comedy politic … [Read more...]