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An Off-Shoot

I spend a lot of time in time passed. The past. All time before now.  Since this is so, I’d like to offer an out-of-the way thought from the 21st anniversary of September 11, 2001, or 9-11 as it’s shortened for history, those small slices of the past chosen to be remembered. I’m thinking of […]

A State Of The Union In Three Forms

Depending on when you’re reading this, POTUS 46 will either be delivering the speech on Tuesday, March 1 or has already done so. Regardless, I’d like to share briefly three examples to help you gauge and measure our current moment under broadly similar conditions. The examples fit around a set of criteria. 1) a major […]

A People And Two Lifes

Regardless of where you are with the pandemic today, one point we can agree on is the difficulty it’s presented to the American people. Think about your view of and attitude toward the pandemic, whatever your stance on the topic. You could agree that “difficult” describes it. Think also about people who disagree with you. […]

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Americanism Redux: September 28, 250 Years Ago

Americanism Redux September 28, 250 years ago today The parents looked down at the crib. Their baby, their first, is two days old. A beautiful daughter. Maybe something is not quite right, a little too pale and a little too fussy and a little too congested. Well, who knows. Maybe everything … [READ MORE]

September 20–Today–250 Years Ago

Americanism Redux September 20, 250 years ago today For now, their lives are apart. Separate and unjoined. They don't know it but Down River—in the future—they will collide in the roaring waters. That day awaits, a lamp moving over a black surface.  A 50-year old man writes a letter. … [READ MORE]

September 14–Today–250 Years Ago

Americanism Redux September 14, 250 years ago today She lay in bed with him next to her. Nine years in love. Nine years making a home. Besides their life together they'd made life further at least twice, their two daughters. They call her Mama, which she is. They call him Papa, which he is. … [READ MORE]

September 7–Today–250 Years Ago

Americanism Redux September 7, 250 years ago today The signboard of The Dog and Pot hangs over the front door of the same-named tavern in Boston. Sign of The Dog and Pot tavern in Boston Inside, candles flicker in lanterns fixed to the walls. Scattered across heavy tables are … [READ MORE]