Civil Rights

MATTERING

Black Lives Matter.  White Female Lives Matter. Hispanic Lives Matter. Policemen’s Lives Matter. Russian Lives Matter. Fundamentalist Arab Lives Matter. Osama Bin Laden’s Life Mattered. Gay People’s Lives matter. Seal Team Six’s Lives Matter. White male lives matter. Transgender lives matter. I believe if we expand the “Black Lives... read more

IS THAT ALL THERE IS

Do you have “feelings of despondency and dejection?” Do you, like Sisyphus, feel as though you’re eternally pushing a rock up a hill during the day, only to have it roll back down at night?  Do you, like Tantalus, stand knee deep in water with  beautiful fruit filled branches... read more

BUCKET LISTS

I admit I had dropped a lot of acid, and that’s why I was standing in a big red barn before the advent of mechanical milking machines.  A caricature of a farmer stood in that barn.  He was wearing  the classic blue overalls with silver buckles located about an... read more

THOUGHTS ON MERRY CHRISTMAS

I am sure some of you will find what I’m going to say in this blog offensive.  I say “Merry Christmas.”  In the end, I am a Christian.  I was raised Roman Catholic to be exact.  I also spent a small amount of time being Lutheran and attending Lutheran... read more

PROTECTION IN MONTEGO BAY

Through the gates, over the fences and out the doors they came.  They came from all directions, Jamaican boys, mostly teenagers hustling, cajoling, bullying money from the frightened tourists gathered relaxing around the hotel swimming pool.  Hotel security was not equipped to deal with the onslaught. A small, skinny... read more

SIGHTSEEING AND TRIGGER HAPPY IN MALAYSIA

My father and I arose one August morning and boarded a tour bus with the rest of our tour group.  Today we were crossing the Johor–Singapore Causeway to visit a Malaysian village. The demand for ferries to transport commodities such as tin, pepper and rubber had become so burdensome... read more

A HERO IN MY TIME

I sat quietly and observantly in the Welfare Office. It was only my second time in the Welfare Office, and quite frankly, having been raised in an upper middle class white family, the son of a prominent and respected child psychiatrist, I never anticipated being in the Welfare Office... read more

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