U.S. Election 2018

You might have heard there is an election coming up. If you want to review how stark is the American polarization, take a moment to take a look at the October 4, 2018 Pew Research poll, which you can view here. Monday, a local leader sent around a quote by Harry Truman on the people’s […]

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Yesterday one of my daughters sent a powerful piece by Trevor Noah about we white male “victims”.  You can watch it here: “Trump Weaponizes Victimhood”.   See Joni’s comment at end of this post. A friend sent an e-mail this morning: “A new show has been added to my Cable..Jimmy Swaggert. As I am going thru […]

Kavanaugh Oct. 5, 2018

My personal bottom line: Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will be one of the most disastrous appointments ever made to the U.S. Supreme Court.  This has nothing to do with his intellect, nor even with most of the decisions he may render, but what the appointment process is doing and has already done to tear this […]

Two Heroes: Rosa and Joe

Two great friends recently passed on: Rosa Bogar on Sep. 2, and Joe Schwartzberg on Sep. 19.  Rosa was 77; Joe was 90.  My life is richer for having known them both.  Their impact is far more than can be expressed in a few words, so my purpose here is simply to introduce them to […]

Kavanaugh/Blasey Ford

I am posting this before the Senate Judiciary Committee casts their vote. My parents were good about keeping things, and I’ve followed the tradition.  So it was easy to find my First Grade Report Card for St. Elizabeth’s School in 1946-47.  Here is part of Sr. Mary’s report: I did pretty well that year.  A’s, […]

Justice. Judging. Judge.

If you’ve read this far, you know the name “Kavanaugh” and have an opinion.  A personal observation: October 26, 1991 – it was five days before the Halloween Blizzard – found me at a cemetery in Duluth MN, attending a very moving event commemorating the death of three men who had been lynched in downtown […]

Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 11/9

We went to Fahrenheit 11/9 this afternoon at our neighborhood theater in Woodbury. Absolutely, see it.  Likely Fahrenheit 11/9 is playing at a theater near you, and I think it is already available on-line. It nicks everyone, not the least, the 100,000,000 people who chose not to vote at all in 2016. President Obama doesn’t escape […]

To Women, Young People, People of Color

About the only thing I can urge is that women and young people and persons of color pay very close attention to the Kavanaugh hearings at the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Here are the players for the U.S. Senate (The links to their bios are all wikipedia.)  I have added the ages of the listed individuals.  […]

All is not dismal

It is easy to get mired in the ‘daily dismal’ (my words).  It is not difficult to find positive things (each of which can have their negative ‘sides’). Some thoughts, some of which invite additional reading. If you haven’t already, REGISTER to vote.  If you aren’t already, GET INFORMED ABOUT ALL THE CANDIDATES ON YOUR […]

56 Days

Today is eight weeks from Election Day.  In many places, early voting is about to begin.  Do you know who is running to represent you, or what they stand for, or what the implications of their being elected is, for you, or others in your town, your county, your state, your country? I would presume […]