Category Archives: history

extraordinary ordinary people

I say Martin Luther King, Jr. blessed all us ordinary folk… …when he chose not to join the Freedom Riders on their trip. In 1961, that multi-racial, multi-generational group boarded buses and traveled throughout the South to protest segregation. Leaving … Continue reading

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we’ll throw him off our backs

Disgust… disillusion… a desire for national stability. According to historian Paul Johnson in Napoleon: A Life, a populace sinks down into such feelings after a time of revolutionary upheaval. From the people there then arises “an overwhelming demand for a … Continue reading

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the doubting believer

“The world is in chaos.”          — Henry Kissinger* That quote caught my eye because it spoke to a goal of mine.  A deep ambition.  Perhaps an impossible dream… That dream is to someday suddenly see some type of grand design … Continue reading

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the past is present

When Barack Obama arrives in Laos on September 6, he’ll be the first sitting U.S. president to visit that country… I hope the trip brings light to another dark corner of our history—the bombing of Laos by the U.S. during … Continue reading

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note from a nabob living in interesting times

“In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.”                    — Spiro Agnew, 1972 I recalled that infamous quote recently, while watching a focus group being interviewed on a morning news show.* The … Continue reading

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voter, heal thyself

“The government you elect is the government you deserve.”                         — Thomas Jefferson Maybe so… …but when I consider my country’s dysfunctional democracy, it hardly seems to fair to blame the voters. Yes, we get to choose… …but our choices often … Continue reading

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the wall

Not “Fire and Ice”… Not “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”… No, if we’re to remember Robert Frost for one single poem, I think it should be “Mending Wall”… In the poem, two neighbors meet to repair a stone … Continue reading

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