December 30, 2017

When I was a young child, we said the pledge of allegiance first thing every morning in school.  I placed my hand on my heart and recited words I’d been taught, not giving much thought to what they meant or where they came from.  We might have even sung the national an...

December 23, 2017

I am old enough to have been a child during the Cold War.  And I’m young enough to have only a vague recollection of the quintessential American Cold War school drill.  We were periodically marched out into the hallway, lined up against the wall and told to squat down...

December 16, 2017

Call it what you like – moral relativism or just plain old hypocrisy – we are steeped in a culture in which an alarming number of people are entirely comfortable ignoring one “sin” while actively condemning another.

Church marquees proclaim messages of piety and devotio...

December 9, 2017

The Republican National Committee has made it official: women don’t matter in this country … or girls either, apparently, not even underage children.  For all the obligatory nattering about “the children, the children” usually accompanied by prodigious handwringing, we...

December 2, 2017

So let’s take a look at the scourges facing “Middle America” today.  I put that phrase in quotes for a few reasons.  One, because despite its on-size-fits-all denomination, it, like most similar categories, is hardly monolithic but is as varied as the kinds of cereal o...

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