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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”

No Easy Answers

October 14, 2016

Most of us today can identify the major problems facing our nation and the world. Be they poverty, global warming, racial hatred, sectarian or religious fundamentalism inspiring strife and warfare, or drugs and crime, gun violence, nuclear proliferation, intolerance, greed, gender inequality – you name it. The list can go on and on.  The priority … Continue reading “No Easy Answers”

We the People

September 26, 2016

I was just at the Nation Constitution Center in Philadelphia which celebrates the creation and history of the US Constitution – the seminal document of our democracy. There I was struck anew by its first three words, “We the People” and by the vast array of difficulties, differences and problems those people and the constitution’s … Continue reading “We the People”

Regaining the Humility of Caring

September 1, 2016

There is a dangerous negative feedback loop that seems to have infected much of the world and many people in our own nation. Any number of pundits, leaders and listeners preach fear, distrust and disbelief to each other in an endless cycle of disregard for any critical analysis of the “facts” they shout at one … Continue reading “Regaining the Humility of Caring”

Dallas – A Vicious Cycle

August 24, 2016

This past Thursday night we were all confronted by the horrifying vortex of death surrounding the latest iteration of what threatens to become an ever increasing downward spiral of mayhem which seems to have our nation in its grips. As everyone now knows, five Dallas police officers were shot dead and seven wounded protecting a … Continue reading “Dallas – A Vicious Cycle”

Requiem for Orlando

August 21, 2016

With mingled emotions of horror, sadness, and thoughts of “not again,” as I followed the unfolding news reports of the hate driven massacre at Pulse I kept wondering what it will take to get us to understand that God is not a God of hate. Instead God is a God of love whose constant effort … Continue reading “Requiem for Orlando”

Reminders of What Makes the American Family Great

August 5, 2016

It is not the color of our skins or how we worship that makes us Americans. It is an abiding belief in this country of ours, what it stands for, and what we are willing to do, to sacrifice, in order to uphold its values and greatness that makes us true Americans. John F. Kennedy … Continue reading “Reminders of What Makes the American Family Great”