January 18, 2019

One of the most popular refrains from Donald Trump’s campaign was the slogan, “Drain the Swamp.” Since The Donald was a political outsider, he claimed he would turn Washington D.C. on its head and get rid of all the “dirty water” that has been stinking up our nation’s capital for years. I have to admit, he has sort of started to  accomplish that. But the joke is on him. Slowly, that brackish muck is beginning to seep into the proverbial… Read more

January 16, 2019

In 2017, we took a survey at work to find out whether we had ingrained racial biases. The test was created by Harvard University to reveal subconscious preferences seated deeply within us for one skin tone over another. As I expected, my test results revealed I had a preference for white faces. I didn’t want that to be true but, frankly, I wasn’t shocked. After all, I lived most of the first half of my life with very little contact… Read more

January 14, 2019

When you look at most maps, as you go to the left, you go west, just as when you look at the political spectrum, the further left you go, the more progressive you are. In my life, I have zig-zagged from left to right to left again. I was born in the “political west”. All of my immediate family were Democrats, my parents, and both sets of grandparents. I was born into a politically turbulent age in America–the late 60s… Read more

January 13, 2019

I finally got to see On the Basis of Sex, the Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic, last night. What an inspirational film about an American icon. The tireless work done by RBG in the late 60s and early 70s to chip away at centuries of discriminatory legislation against women should place her in pantheon of America’s most cherished purveyors of social justice. She should be someone who unifies us but, alas, that is not the case. In fact, for too large… Read more

January 7, 2019

It was a big week of change in Washington D.C. The newly elected members of Congress were sworn in, including a record 102 women–35 in the Senate and 67 in the House. The swearing in ceremony that got the most attention was that of new Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Sinema is now the first ever openly bisexual Senator. She is now one of 10 openly LGBTQ members of Congress. Yes, times are changing in D.C., and it’s high time. Congress… Read more

December 17, 2018

I always admired Johnny Cash, but recently, my estimation of him rose significantly when I watched the Netflix documentary called Tricky Dick and the Man in Black. This excellent film chronicles Cash’s role during the very turbulent Nixon years. To me, it shone a bright light on the fact that Johnny Cash, for all his human frailties and faults, was the kind of Christian we need a lot more of. Cash grew up the son of a sharecropper in the buckle of… Read more

December 7, 2018

It was a very uncomfortable scene, that row of presidents and First Ladies. Actually, it looked quite comfortable until the current president and First Lady arrived. After that, you could cut the tension with a knife. Donald and Melania Trump looked like fish out of water in that church pew. They have been taking quite a bit of heat since the funeral because they were the only ones in that row that did not take part in the liturgy of… Read more

December 3, 2018

I’m Indiana born and bred, a Hoosier, through and through. I grew up in the 1970s and 80s when the Indiana Hoosiers basketball program was a juggernaut. At the helm of that program was one of the most legendary and ultimately notorious coaches in the history of the sport, Bob Knight. For most of my childhood through early adulthood, Bob Knight was, without question, the most powerful single person in Indiana. He earned his nickname, “The General” through his iron-willed… Read more

November 28, 2018

“Send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” Those words are etched onto the most famous statue in the world, which stands in the harbor of America’s largest city. For centuries now, people have been coming to America from all over the world to escape dreadful, hopeless lives in their own homelands. They came and they made us better. Without them, we could not have grown to be what we have become. They, after all,… Read more

November 26, 2018

I was sort of excited at the reports of larger than normal turnouts at the polls for the recent midterm elections. Typically, midterm elections have very low turnouts. This time was different. Some areas saw voter numbers that rivaled what would normally only be expected during a presidential election. But even with all that, as encouraging as it seemed, the overall nation wide turn out was still less 50%. That’s right, in this crazy, hyped up election year, not even… Read more

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