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About my current sports viewing ... it’s complicated

I have a confession to make. It’s a difficult one, so, please, bear with me. Whew. Here goes. I have been watching the World Cup. There. I said it. I know, I know — I can hear the sneers coming … more

It might be nice to have a Washington on our side

As we approach the 242nd Anniversary of the birth of our nation, it often escapes our attention that the real birthday of our nation just passed. On June 21, we celebrated the 230th Anniversary of … more

An incredible sequel and hidden artistry

As a Dad, most of the movies I have gone to see for, oh, the last 20 years or so, have been at the request of someone else. Sometimes, this is a bad thing (see: “Twilight,” and its three … more

Cultural emptiness feeds into recent tragedies

Third week of June: Four shot in the parking lot of a dentist office in Westminster following a traffic altercation. Second week of June: two celebrity suicides. Third week of May: mass shooting at … more

In the cake shop ruling, a draw is a win

A couple years back, I coached my son’s soccer team at the YMCA. It was a bit of a rag-tag bunch, thrown together for just that season, with, if I remember right, only four kids who had ever played … more

A thank-you to our elementary school teachers

Many moons ago, back when I was still in a phase of my career in which I had to purchase my pay raises, I had to take a class called “Trends in Modern Education.” I remember very little of the … more

Amidst all the change leap into the adventure

“Just because everything’s changing, Doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before. All you can do is try to know who your friends are, As you head off to the war. Pick a star on the dark … more

Avengers school assembly: Let's guess at the SATs of the MCU

My daughter came home this week with her SAT scores. Of course, she believes—because she’s told this by her school — that this score is the end-all, be-all key to future success, happiness, and … more

Do what you love ... enough to do the hard parts

Well, I guess, now that it’s May, our high school seniors are all going to be spending many minutes over the next month or so receiving some variant of the message “do something you love, and … more

Troublesome timing on those teacher walk-outs

Did you ever see something, and immediately ask yourself, “who thought that was a good idea?” I had a really strong moment of that about three months ago. Think back to early February: at that … more

Opening day to moving day, the cycle of life continues

This past weekend, we moved our oldest daughter out of the basement and into an apartment. And, though we had done this before, this one felt different; this one feels final. In one of my more recent … more

I might need more crud in my life to spark creativity

My wife and I went to see “I Can Only Imagine” over Spring Break. I enjoyed it very much, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the discovery of J. Michael Finley, who played Bart … more

There really might be ‘an app for that’ tribalism problem

Somewhere around 15 years ago, when I was first starting to explore the idea of being a writer, I was working on a novel that had, as one of its central themes, the idea that there are only a handful … more

The trials and tribulations of Tribalism

I was recently asked to give a speech, without any guidelines about the topic. The only caveat was that “anything political has to have the opportunity for an opposing view to be presented.” … more

The bad kind of trust fall

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple weeks about the concept of institutional trust. Yeah, I’ve been working on other things, too. At any rate, the reason I’ve been thinking about this … more

The importance of filling young souls

The news out of Florida last Wednesday was too familiar. This incident was slightly different, in that there was obviously a breakdown of law enforcement, both from a “watchlist” standpoint and … more

A world tour of troubling events

We’re going to approach this column as a perusal of the latest ‘Annals of Insanity.’ Normally, this is the sort of survey that covers a period of weeks, or even months; sadly, this particular … more

Pondering prodigious pedagogical possibilities

There is a quote attributed (probably wrongly) to Winston Churchill that goes “The American people can always be counted on to do the right thing. But only after exhausting all other … more

Battle of the Sexes III: Return of the Gentleman

“Hey, hon. You want to watch some TV?” “Sure, sounds good. What’s on?” “I don’t know — why don’t you find out?” [hits the ‘Guide’ button on the cable remote] “Let’s see … more
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