The value of a college education…

On my way to class on Wednesday last week, I tuned in to the Diane Rehm show and got an earful about what’s wrong-headed about college education. The show, broadcast on NPR, is here: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2013-05-08/who-benefits-college-and-why/transcript As is often the case, I found myself talking to the radio, which has cathartic benefits but fails to solve Read More …

Did I hear you right…?

You know, aside from the questionable benefits of drinking overpriced coffee or (in the case of last Friday) tea, and solid support for Marriage Equality – among other things – I gotta give Starbucks credit for hiring people who are generally literate. Last Friday, I walked in fresh from a philosophical lunchtime discussion that was Read More …

A Tale of Two Rapes… *Trigger warning*

CNN and the rest of our media are taking a lot of well-deserved flack for their report on the Stubenville, OH, rape verdict handed down Sunday. There is also this report: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/17/justice/ohio-steubenville-case/index.html  I recognize that reporters are far less objective than they once were, but CNN (and the rest of our media sources) should take the Read More …

Gutenberg in reverse?

So sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve been busy in a combination of studying for my two college courses and fulfilling my civic duty to file tax forms so I can continue to receive student aid. Classes started just three weeks ago. The two courses are 2-Dimensional Design and Western Civilization to Modern Times. Read More …

The end of the beginning…

This week I did something I haven’t done since 1987. I attended classes in college. There’s a long, relatively ugly story about why it took so long for me to go back, stemming from experiences with failure to meet expectations, ill-defined goals, and misunderstanding bureaucracy that might see the light of day here someday, but Read More …

Today’s the day.

There is no irony for me today, no sense of amusement that our recognized Inauguration Day falls today on the same Monday when we honor the life and recognize the too-early death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yesterday, in our congregation, we sang this anthem and spent a time considering not just its historical Read More …

A Tribute to Senator George McGovern (1922-2012)

I mentioned earlier that I grew up in a single-parent household. Dad was as devoted to his role as a Democrat as some were to their various religious sects.  By observing my father as he worked to protect and improve the School Without Walls (SWW), I learned early how much politics affects our day-to-day lives. Dad, part of a group Read More …

Civil Liberties: October 15, 2012

These links represent a variety of violations to privacy, personal liberty, even truth. Especially disturbing, the Contraception video, which seems to imply that our coming Baby Boom problem would be cured by breeding enough children to help us cope with the coming onslaught of elderly and sick, but which  fails utterly to discuss the realities Read More …

World News: October 15, 2012

As Malala Yousafzai continues her recovery (insofar as you can call it that) Pakistanis and Afghans are rising up against the Taliban. Their reaction? Complaints of a “bias” in coverage. Where have we heard those words before? In a move that some have anticipated and others dreaded, the UK has taken steps to begin a process Read More …

My world and welcome to it.

I’ve been blogging since August, 2004 and posting on Facebook since August, 2007. In all that time, I’ve tried to figure out why I should write. Of course, the answer is obvious: Because I can’t stop myself. My career as an author began in high school with the publication Liberated Perspectives, a semi-regular school newsletter. Read More …