Tag Archives: violence

in favor of the braveheart chicken

In 1959, Allen Ginsberg said America was having a nervous breakdown… Maybe he was exaggerating for effect. However, it’s no exaggeration to say, that in 2017, we’re a very very nervous nation… No breakdown yet, but our condition is indeed … Continue reading

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power up

“Our thoughts and prayers are not enough.”               — President Barack Obama, October 2, 2015 Another national tragedy brings more words of sorrow, more pleas for unity from my nation’s leader… He seemed rather … Continue reading

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the monster in the mirror

  Sometimes a word can spread like a contagion… I’ll hear a word used in a certain context on a news program… Then, suddenly, it’s a common expression in our public discourse. For example: the word “monster” now seems to … Continue reading

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a question of violence

  Just how violent is it? Recently, while filling out on an outline form, I had to decide how violent my novel was. The questionnaire presented me with four choices: Was the book mildly violent, moderately violent, very violent… …or … Continue reading

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tough love

  Historian David McCullough tells us, that if we truly love our country… …we should learn its history. I agree. To extend the idea further, I say that if we truly love the human race, we should learn its history. … Continue reading

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Unmixing the Message

  I heard these words too often as a boy: “Don’t do as I do, do as I say.” And so, I can empathize with that confused child who now scratches his head… …as he listens to yet another lecture … Continue reading

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Sock It To Me

    Violence comes in many forms.  There are many ways to hurt someone besides conking him over the head. Lately, I’ve been wondering how our new mythology might persuade us—the perpetrators of violence—not to perpetrate… I’m using the “us” … Continue reading

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