The Killing Fields

The Connecticut school shooting stopped me in my tracks, stopped us all, twenty-seven dead, twenty of them little innocent children.  Where do we go from here? Heaven or hell just got closer to us today. Take your pick.  Soon the

Rules

I was young in a time and place that, looking back, seems far away. In the next few paragraphs you will think of it as a harsher place and time, but it wasn’t. It was just different.  We were living

Living Outside The Box

I have a theory that could help you see things a bit more clearly. Unless you’ve been in a coma since 1958 you may have         noticed something different going on out there on your planet, in your country, in your

Saving Us From Ourselves

There is a modern day sociological movement of sorts making the rounds for the past decade or so. We see it on popular television shows, on bookstore shelves prominently displayed in the “Self Help” sections. The general theme of this

I Have Seen The Enemy And It Is Us

Maybe it’s time that we stopped looking to others to save us. “The fault dear Brutus lies not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Cassius to Brutus in Julius Caesar. Perhaps it’s time to stop  drawing

Myths of Retirement – Part 1

Everyone wants to retire!  North America, specifically the USA, is under the impression that we are inventing the world as we go. Not so! Take the concept of retirement. Not the actuality, just the concept will do for today. This

Out Of Africa

Four friends and I recently went to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. “Impossible Safari” is one of several translations for the mountain’s name. It is said that this is what a local chief told Hans Meyer, the first European to

Bring On The Clowns

I’m told that I’m a funny guy and over the coming months I’m going to tell you some funny things. I’m going to be looking fairly hard at people and situations in our lives. Some of what I say may

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