Generals and the OLD BOYS’ CLUB

If you look up the top ten or best US generals, you will generally find the following names mentioned: George Washington (1732-99), Winfield Scott (1786-1866), Robert E. Lee (1807-70), Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85), John J. Pershing (1860-1948), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), and George S. Patton (1885-1945). Some accounts even include General JamesContinue reading “Generals and the OLD BOYS’ CLUB”

Stress and Strange Behavior

The other day I went over to the local US veterans’ office to volunteer to counsel returning vets on possible school choices. After all, I’ve got thirty-plus years in higher education as a former Criminal Justice department chair, former director of Women’s Studies, and former member of the Defense Department’s committee on women in theContinue reading “Stress and Strange Behavior”

Common Sense in the Spirit of Thomas Payne

From the early days of America until today, the Supreme Court has been pivotal in interpreting the Constitution and shaping America’s constitutional republic. Landmark Supreme Court cases have had an impact on our rights as citizens, but they haven’t always provided for the unintended consequences brought about by sweeping change.

American Crazy # Gun Violence

The text came midday. “Mom, Ayla’s school is on lockdown. There is a threat of violence. No intruder, according to the news. FBI on the scene. You can text her.” Only two days after the Parkland massacre in Florida! I stared at the tiny screen, a volcano beginning to erupt in my chest. I picturedContinue reading “American Crazy # Gun Violence”

With A New Life We Are All Renewed

Tiny round fists poked up through the sweet-smelling new baby blanket as Declan stretched, curved his body, and turned his head before quickly nestling down again into the soft folds of his faux fur covers. Penetrating, almond-shaped, coal-black eyes opened and my grandson looked at me. I babbled some nonsense, holding his attention until, inContinue reading “With A New Life We Are All Renewed”

Self-promotion Gets a Bad Rap

Letter from a fellow new writer:Five years ago, shortly after my husband’s sudden accidental death, I alone fulfilled our dream of living a more instinctual life by moving from San Miguel de Allende to a little fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico—the site of my story, “The Eleventh Hour,” which was published lastContinue reading “Self-promotion Gets a Bad Rap”

My Thang is Bigger Than Your Thang

My son-in-law and I are in a TV-size competition to determine who has the biggest flat screen. The situation has gotten so out of hand that I now own a TV practically the size of a movie theater. It dominates my apartment and ruins my eyes (maybe my brain, too) with blue light. Unfortunately, bingeingContinue reading “My Thang is Bigger Than Your Thang”

Facts, Lies, and Truth

It appears that the political right, left, and center are playing fast and loose with the semantics of the meaning of the word fact. A fact is a statement that is true or can be proven with evidence. The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability— that is, whether it can be demonstratedContinue reading “Facts, Lies, and Truth”

Fracking, Drilling, and Trying to Stay Optimistic

I hope you all know that this blog is intended to encourage you to read The Fourth Moment or suggest it to a friend. The challenge is getting the word out, but I only have one mailing list. I apologize for that. Nevertheless, I want to use this list to encourage you to follow myContinue reading “Fracking, Drilling, and Trying to Stay Optimistic”

Danger! Danger Will Robinson!

Take one bright teenager with undeveloped frontal lobes, a victim of early schoolyard bullying that led to anxiety and anger issues, then combine that with video games and indulgent parents to get a recipe for disaster. The drums have been sounding warnings for years, but they get stronger each day as the evidence mounts thatContinue reading “Danger! Danger Will Robinson!”