A New Supreme Theme for the Election

Winston Churchill once insisted: “Take this pudding away—it has no theme.” The campaign for the Presidency now has a theme. Too bad. First, too bad because its origin resulted from death—a single death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Prior to the Justice’s death the theme...

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The Power of Wisdom

Montana really is different. It hides from the cities and offers up topographical majesty.  My wife and I had the recent good fortune of residing for a few days on working ranches. Our work, play if you prefer, was walking on slippery rocks in spring creeks fly...

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The Most Important Voter

“While differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal.”― Karl R. Popper   The setup is fairly simple. You are told by a job interviewer that a condition of getting a job you really want depends on getting the...

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Rage and Consequences

“Rage”, Bob Woodward’s new book, compiled in part from 17 interviews with President Donald Trump, is scheduled for release on September 15 and 1.3 million copies are being printed according to CNN. Woodward has always understood market timing. The book’s title comes...

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School or Not?

Debating school openings has become freighted by politics—both Party and union politics. Too bad. A strong nation would push back hard against the politicization of public education and health.  President Trump gets a large measure of the blame. He is looking for...

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Day One

Social distancing, let me begin, not the familiar six feet apart, but the social distance between the Midwest and the Coasts and why that makes a difference. Where I grew up, Donald Trump didn’t. Midwest ears are as attuned to his self-indulgent rhetoric as senior...

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What Price Covid?

Most politicians are specialists in concrete avoidance. They strive to sound like they know what they are talking about while using the language of avoidance. Ever wonder how our public debt reached $26.5 trillion given that virtually no elected official will admit to...

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Lessons from the Cemetery

The setting was a several centuries old Church yard on the southwestern edge of the Catskills. It was embedded with mankind’s lessons. I suspect there were peacemakers and hell-raisers resting side by side. My wife and I were back in Church, well sort of. The Church...

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LeBron James and Dynamics

“I know these kids basically more than they know themselves. I’ve walked the same streets, I’ve rode the same bikes on the streets they ride on, I went through the same emotions, the good, the bad, the adversity…..Everything they’re going through as kids I know and...

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It Is All So Predictable

News is now mostly thematic. If Trump is for it, I am against it. Or, if Trump is for it, I am for it or at least will find the good. Two of the nation’s most venerable newspaper are thematic. What journalism schools shaped their talent? And this disease of dogmatism...

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Social Distemper

E Pluribus Unum—Out of Many One. Check it out. It is the nation’s motto and is inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States. It was put forward by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, among others. Or, check out a phrase used by Patrick Henry in his...

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Corridors Of Imagination

I remember, though vaguely. My childhood imagination conjured a friend – although now I can’t recall our conversations. And later I imagined myself winning – I could envision a trophy presentation. But, lacking the athletic skill to really win, my victories were...

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Puzzles and the Mind

I look over her shoulder – my wife’s that is. And watch as the picture, the object of the puzzle, slowly but surely begins to appear. Picture puzzles are intentional. Public policy puzzles inevitable. The pandemic puzzle was mostly dark at the beginning – those...

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Cathartic

Cathartic, maybe. Hopefully! Sad and memorable, for sure. The death of George Floyd was a dramatic reminder of the poisons of prejudice behind the shield of authority. His death became a bridge to immediacy. Protests formed quickly; some were explosive. And, as...

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Choices, Leadership and Confidence

Being above the 60-year-old age threshold, I hear over and over that I am physically weak. Others are told they are vulnerable because of compromised respiratory, heart, or other health problems. We are told to stay home even though home for some, is an incubator of...

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“The Day the Music Died”

Tears, yes tears, circa 1972. Don McLean was singing his singular contribution, American Pie in London. His performance was recorded by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Many will quickly recall the oft repeated refrain, “The day the music died.” McLean was...

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How Fortunate We Are!

“Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation….”John Smith, 1608 Impressions, dreams – they are the forces of imagination and ultimately ambition. John Smith, an early leader in the European discovery of the Chesapeake Bay,...

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