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Charlottesville: Facing Our Fears and Flaws

August 18, 2017

Historically, we Americans have demonstrated a great ability to turn a blind eye to our national flaws as long as it suited our purposes, whatever that may be. From our earliest colonial days we made and broke treaty after treaty with Native Americans who were here before the white settlers because the colonies and the … Continue reading “Charlottesville: Facing Our Fears and Flaws”

The Death of Shame

July 20, 2017

In this day and age too many people seem to have lost the capacity to feel ashamed. Shame has died and self-absorption, self-focus and selfishness appears to have taken its place. It wasn’t too long ago that most people didn’t want to be thought of as greedy, ungrateful, uncaring, avaricious, egotistical or stingy even if … Continue reading “The Death of Shame”

Pope Francis: “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone”

May 15, 2017

I recently watched a very unexpected and surprising event. A TED talk given by Pope Francis via video to all the attendees at the recent International TED Conference in Vancouver, B.C. It can be found on YouTube and I highly recommend watching it. The Pope’s theme was our joint need and shared responsibility for each … Continue reading “Pope Francis: “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone””

What Gets Our Attention, What Makes Us Care

April 25, 2017

Saturday April 8th was a beautiful and balmy day in Miami. That afternoon my wife and I sat in the lovely garden-like outdoor dining area of Merrick Park, a very high end retail center waiting for friends to join us for lunch. Suddenly the tranquil setting was shattered by a woman’s blood curdling screams followed by … Continue reading “What Gets Our Attention, What Makes Us Care”

Willful Blindness

April 4, 2017

I believe that too many of our leaders are willfully blind to some of the most complex problems confronting the world and our country today. Whether in the White House, Congress or state and local governments, they refuse to explore or analyze the hard facts that delineate such challenges. Instead, they either deny the facts, … Continue reading “Willful Blindness”

Are We Willing to Live Cringing In Fear?

February 8, 2017

Pandering to a perception of a fearful America, our new administration is in effect seeking to ban immigration and travel into the U.S. by Muslims from a host of different countries. This ban will supposedly make America great again. The world, and life for that matter, is full of dangers. Tens of thousands of Americans … Continue reading “Are We Willing to Live Cringing In Fear?”

The “Hollowing Out” of America

January 20, 2017

I just finished reading the disturbingly gripping book “Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Its author, J.D. Vance, recounts his grandparents’ Scots-Irish family’s flight from the impoverished Appalachian hill country of eastern Kentucky to a small Ohio mill town in the 1940’s. They did so in search of a better … Continue reading “The “Hollowing Out” of America”

Janet Reno: A Life of Giving

December 19, 2016

I recently had the privilege of attending the memorial service for my great friend, Janet Reno.  It was a wonderfully powerful and moving celebration of a generous life featuring a host of stellar speakers, which included President Bill Clinton, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former ABA and FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte and Janet’s sister, Maggy … Continue reading “Janet Reno: A Life of Giving”

Finding Common Ground

December 1, 2016

Our nation is currently going through an apparent crisis of division with Americans split into two diametrically opposed camps. Each group has seemly backed itself into a corner shouting, “my way or the highway,” as they refuse to listen to what’s being shouted back. Unfortunately, this has happened before. The national discords that spawned our … Continue reading “Finding Common Ground”

Dangerous Dark Roads

November 11, 2016

This election has awakened dark, dangerous demons I had hoped were dead and buried.  But apparently, they were only slumbering in our nation’s psyche and have now been brought back to life. If we don’t confront them and resolve their root causes they will lead us down dark and dangerous roads. To challenge them we … Continue reading “Dangerous Dark Roads”