Having The Courage to Change Your Mind When It’s Critical

This will not be a hugely political article, much as I am tempted to write one after the disturbing events of this past week. Some people will simply not own up to having been wrong about someone else, instead hiding within the ranks of cowards who support a demagogue. Then-Senator … Read more…

On Timid Feet

We have been and still are celebrating a Holy Season — for Christians and Jews alike — with its attendant joy, blessings, and feelings of gratitude. Yet, as another New Year fast approaches and we begin to turn our thoughts to what it might bring, there is trepidation. True, the … Read more…

Reasons for Gratitude

We’re again headed into a Thanksgiving season I wasn’t sure we’d see, not after living through ten years of a spiraling descent into chaos around us. Most of us are sickened by the discord in this country that is caused by foreign interference, exacerbated by all so-called national leaders involved … Read more…

It Isn’t Just Religion or Politics

Almost anyone past the age of 11 knows not to say anything even a tiny bit controversial about your religion or your parents’ opinion of the current political mess. That means not even within your own family — unless you want to turn important dinners or other family get-togethers into … Read more…

Can We Remain Silent Amid the Chaos?

Do we cower in fear like most of Congress is doing while our nation is being torn apart? Do some of us support The Party like robots instead of searching the individual’s behavior? Actions do speak much louder than words, though there is nothing mightier than the pen to instigate … Read more…

Incredibly Dangerous Behavior

I’ve never understood the game of one-upmanship.  It’s usually played by extremely insecure people, both men and women, while the rest of us roll our eyes. That’s until it zooms past being irritating and becomes dangerous. One-upmanship often leads to mindless mouthing off. Nowadays the world can’t afford stupidity anywhere, … Read more…

We Teach the Most by Example

To state the obvious, civility in the nation is rapidly evaporating in the heat of anger, misunderstanding and wrong-headed beliefs. We now have dozens of opportunities daily to teach adults as well as children that human kindness and respect are still alive in the land. But will we do it? … Read more…

Sometimes We Need to Get Angry

As polite people who have learned the meaning of self-control, we do tend to choose our battles carefully. We try to control emotional outbursts of anger or any other negative feeling, but if we never become angry about anything, then we aren’t truly living. We’re just doormats for bullies and … Read more…

No White Supremacists Needed Here

Anyone who truly believes or even hopes the highest levels of Heaven are reserved for white supremacists needs to start modifying that opinion ASAP. It simply isn’t true. God loves His children equally even when they behave like the foul-mouthed bullies that so many of them are. But He will … Read more…

Gloating over the Mistakes of Others?

Laughing, smirking and gloating over the mistakes of others? Let’s not do that. It will bite us in the butt faster than anything else. Plus we won’t see it coming, of course, being attacked from behind. Think a bad-apple cop deserved to be killed? Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. … Read more…