March 20, 2019

When I started writing as a part of my living a few years ago, I learned quickly that, if you want your words to have an impact on people, you must tell your truth–sometimes that means being brutally honest–sometimes that means being vulnerable enough to reveal parts of your soul that you’d just as soon keep hidden. This is one of those times. I am an 18-year-veteran public school teacher. I am a vocal proponent of public education. I write… Read more

March 19, 2019

I wrote an article earlier this week called The First Stone. In that introspective piece, I admitted that, at times, I can be guilty of being too aggressive in my writing when I call out Trump supporters–particularly Christian ones. My justification for calling them out, I believe, is sound. When I see Christians using their support of the president in such a way that it repulses non-Christians (or more progressive Christians), I feel called to speak out about it. But, admittedly, sometimes… Read more

March 18, 2019

I haven’t delved too far into the details of the Green New Deal, a plan for a more sustainable future being championed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but one part of that plan has me extremely excited and hopeful. The U.S. land transportation system has been largely unchanged since the 1950’s. Our vast interstate system was once the envy of the world, but now it’s a decrepit laughing stock. By the time they get one stretch of road fixed, it’s time… Read more

March 17, 2019

In the past month, I’ve written a couple of articles that were very widely read. They also stirred up a lot of debate in comment sections, so much so that I couldn’t possibly keep up with it to read all of them. But I read enough to get the gist of the kinds of things being said. Many people agreed with my take, others took great issue with me. A couple folks in particular were quite “colorful” in voicing their… Read more

March 15, 2019

There is a pattern here, a disgusting and wretched pattern. People who commit horrendous acts of violence and hate keep citing Donald Trump as an inspiration. That’s bad enough, but far right Christians still sing Trump’s praises, too. The New Zealand Mosque white supremacist terrorist’s manifesto praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” The New Zealand Mosque white supremacist terrorist’s manifesto  praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” (I bolded the… Read more

March 14, 2019

Episode 1 is posted below. This episode hits on the mission of the Empathy Mining blog and podcast and tells the story that brought me to them. This should add a nice layer of context to many of the articles I write. If you enjoy, please subscribe to the podcast and feel free to share with friends.   Read more

March 13, 2019

Big news from the Empathy Mine…we’re starting a podcast! Look for the first episodes to be available in the next day or two. Read more

March 13, 2019

From time to time, I like to dig back through the Empathy Mining archives and gather data on how my articles have been received over the years. Doing so often puts some wind in my sails and motivates me to keep pushing forward. That said, I want to thank all of you who’ve taken the time to read and share my thoughts. This endeavor has been more successful than I could have ever dreamed when I first started my little… Read more

March 13, 2019

Christian Trump supporter, have you seen the budget that President Trump is proposing? Do you support and defend it? If so, I wonder how you square it with the teachings of Jesus. It was revealed this week that Trump’s new budget proposal calls for cutting more than $8 billion from education. I want to repeat that number because it doesn’t seem real–$8 billion. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven… Read more

March 12, 2019

I must admit, as I sit down to write this, I’m not exactly sure where it’s going to go and how I’m going to tie it all together–but that’s not all that unusual for me and my writing process. All I know is there have been a few things on my mind the last few days regarding Donald Trump and the coming election that I want to put into words. I don’t think Donald Trump is physically well. Most presidents… Read more

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