Spirit in The Season of Holy Days

In Sam Kean’s book, Caesar’s Last Breath: The Epic Story of the Air Around Us, he postulates a particularly heady thesis. He notes that in measuring time: the chances are you have already inhaled some of Julius Caesar’s last breath.  So naturally, and...

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Son of a Shopkeeper

I am the son of a shopkeeper. His name was Kendall and his shop was a sporting goods store in a small town in southern Missouri. I repeat, in a small town and in a physical store where scale was measured in square feet not bandwidth. My Dad first felt the tectonic...

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A Game Called Jenga

There is a game called Jenga. It is a game of physical skill created by a British board game designer. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a...

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Lighten the Load, Thanksgiving 2020

How are your shoulders holding up? The world on the eve of Thanksgiving, 2020, is heavy. So too was the world of 1621; the world of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag who were trying to cope with their intrusion. Be thankful if you have strong shoulders! Weight is better...

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Voting Results, Sore Losers and Patriotism

President Trump (DJT) did everything he could to berate President-elect Joe Biden—to create the impression he was not up to the job. Now he is doing his best to cause his supporters to believe Biden will be an illegitimate President. Polls show (while one can...

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And the Answer is … Alex Trebek

The mundane can, occasionally, focus your attention; and so it was this last Sunday evening. We, Americans, were once again paying attention to the stages of the transfer of government leadership. We had just experienced a bruising campaign for President under...

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A Trump Second Term

This is Donald J. Trump’s last campaign in which his name will appear on the ballot. Those voters who have supported him but disagree with his techniques (and there are many) need to maintain a distance if he wins a second term—an unshakable distance. An intense...

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Faces, Content and Leadership

It is noon on Wednesday. Trump has been lashing out, his conduct is revealing. He believes the path to victory is dicey; he isn’t in control.   It is now Thursday afternoon. The fog of politics (perhaps war) is less. Joe Biden is now by most news outlets...

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Post-Debate

This column was finished several days ago but held because of last night’s debate. Believing the debate offered no fresh insights, these are my pre- and post-debate views. Writing about politics is discouraging and unnerving. Unnerving, because we live in a time of...

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America Deserves Better

America deserves better. Donald Trump didn’t make America great. Nor have any of the hotheads on the Left or Right; they tear at American enlightenment.  E pluribus unum made America distinctive, aspirational and ultimately powerful. We all contribute or at least...

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Debate or Debacle

If something is obvious I note it and move on. Last night’s debate was a debacle. President Trump specializes in distraction. Last night’s performance was his specialty at work. There are no rotating spotlights in Trump’s world. Rules to the contrary are readily...

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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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