A State Of Deep Concern

The use of binary thinking does not presuppose that someone is simple and certainly not stupid. Binary thinking is the natural inclination to simplify in order to protect and explain ourselves. Religion is a binary system in that you either accept one specific set beliefs or suffer the consequences of being wrong according to that…

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There Will Be Blood

It’s time to dispel the myth that one political party is the party of true, constitution-loving, patriots. Senator Britt in her kitchen table bedtime story underscored the idea that has been a primary talking point for Republicans – that they are the ones “steeped in the blood of patriots who overthrew the most powerful empire…

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Between Comedy and a Cause

As a writer it can be difficult to walk the line between providing information and from being simply a promotion. Providing information to enlighten a segment of society to something worth paying attention to, for the benefit of many, or being an advertisement for it, thereby, becoming less journalistic, is the path I walk here. You…

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Words Between The Lines Of Age; where “The Daily Show” got it wrong

First of all, I don’t consider Jon Stewart one of the best political commentators of our time. I consider him thee best political commentator of our time. His mind is uniquely suited to frame complex issues with logical deductions from a common sense perspective and bring into focus the shortcomings and hypocrisies of policies and politicians.…

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Give me my binky!

Domestic violence is on the rise. So is bullying. So is murder in schools. The Centers for Disease Control cites several factors including “cultural norms that support aggression, anger, and lack of non-violent social problem solving skills.” It is easy to look around in our micro and macro worlds and see increased aggression. In my…

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Where The Tall Corn Grows

There was no surprise last night when Trump won 98 of 99 counties in Iowa. That result was carved by the proverbial winds of populism for years already. Trump’s popularity is the result of decades of rhetoric that has taken attention away from the real threats in American lives and turned it toward made up…

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A Christmas Story

I’d like to share a Christmas story. When my eldest son, Chris, was only 3, his mother and I were moving our family from Los Angeles to Iowa when we stopped by a restaurant, owned by a friend, on our way out of town. I had lost touch with Seth, the owner, for several years…

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