Welcome to Banana Republic USA, Previously Known as the United States of America

This is how we appeared to the world. A country in chaos… Economic monopolies that steer all the profits into the pockets of the ruling class is a primary characteristic of a Banana Republic.

Tell the Truth—Are Americans Honest? What Happened to Being a Good Sport?

From an early age we are taught sportsmanship. It’s an honor to play on a team. The benefits are great. When a player is injured on the field, in youth sports, everyone sits.

Is This What it Feels Like to Live on a Spaceship? Or Don’t Get Too Comfortable Just Yet

My house is my spaceship. From the comfort of my living room, I interact with the world. The facetime, the zoom meetings, the social media posts all connect me with my fellow humans. They all provide band aids for the problem of living in a time of a global pandemic. But the craving for human touch doesn’t leave us.

Let’s Think About Sean Connery While We’re Waiting for Election Results

Maybe because he was my first James Bond, he was the best.

How Do We Celebrate Halloween in 2020? Try This.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love opening up the door and being surprised by fairy tale princesses, swashbuckling pirates, ghosts, and goblins. It’s not going to happen this year and I’ve been thinking about how to distribute candy, colorful pencils or whether I should be giving out small vials of hand sanitizer.Continue reading “How Do We Celebrate Halloween in 2020? Try This.”

How To Feel Re-Energized in Fifteen Minutes

I am reminded of the fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes. The foolish and vain emperor pays several bags of gold to clever tailors who tell him they are selling him robes of fabulous cloth that only the wise can see.

Who is the Real Radical Running for U.S. President? Our World Just Got a Little Scarier.

When did everyone stop listening to one another? I think back to 2016 and I’m certain the dismantling of civility began just after the election.

Why Senators Graham and McConnell Should Care if Their Actions Are Fair

According to recent poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post on September 25th, 57% of the American public would like the new Justice selected after the election.

The Benefits of Ink and Paper in our Current World

We have been told to stop using paper. Stop printing. Save a tree by using less paper.

Nicknames, My Name and the 2020 Presidential Race

In first grade, I was given a nickname. It made me miserable. The name on my birth certificate reads “Suzanne.” When I was a very young child, my parents called me Suzie. The first time they introduced me to one of their friends as Suzanne, I didn’t even know who they were talking about.  I made aContinue reading “Nicknames, My Name and the 2020 Presidential Race”

A Prayer for America and Why We Should Care

Now I feel as if I have woken up into an alternate reality of the United States, a reality where humanity aspires to be the worse version of ourselves. I call it the “It’s All-About-Me” society.

Call it “Fake News” and Cancel Culture Succeeds in Suppressing the News Media

If there is one expression that makes me bristle it is “fake news.” Those two words have been bandied about during the past four years dismissively to address anything published that the speaker doesn’t want to acknowledge as being actual news reporting. If you label it as fake, then it doesn’t count, so don’t botherContinue reading “Call it “Fake News” and Cancel Culture Succeeds in Suppressing the News Media”

Bearing Witness to the Two Americas. The Democratic and Republican Conventions.

Four years is a long time. Think how much has changed in America since 2016.

In Search of Unity, What New Statues and Memorials Shall We Build?

Now with so many people unemployed – many of them artists and historians—we have the opportunity to create and fund works of art that will unite the country.

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes – Keeping the Peace in Our Communities

I once spent several hours on a “Ride Along” with a Police Officer. I got a small taste of what part of one day feels like for a member of the police department…