Christopher’s Perspective

A lot has been being written about Christopher Columbus’ place in history as an heroic figure.  Reexamining the perspective he and his culture had toward “discovery” of the New World has prompted a number of western states to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s...

Our Internal Debates

Along with many of you, I viewed the much-touted presidential debate.  Sadly I do not feel any better informed after the debate than before.  This is because: I have grown cynical about what is possible versus what is      probable in American politics; it’s...

Blame vs. Responsibility

The recent comments of a political candidate that 47% of the American population has become dependent on government assistance and is content with their situation sounds to me a lot like assigning blame.  He seems to be saying that somehow our country is “less than”...

“Family Man”

I find it fascinating to hear how often our candidates for national office are being called “family men.”  What is a “family man” and how does that impart a higher character or make one a better public servant?  I think the term “family man” actually is rather...

Coach Mom

I delighted in seeing Michael Phelps’ mother during the Olympic Games.  Debbie Phelps appears to be one of those wonderfully centered women whose simple enthusiastic presence and clear empathy have made all the difference in Michael’s world.  She reminds me of my...