Don’t offend me

You would have to be a hermit living in a far-away cave somewhere not to be aware of the political correctness debates going on in our country these days. As a parent and child therapist for many years, I find odd how many times we would address a conflict or behavior with children and yet […]

Hate speech and our country

The march in Charlottesville is nothing new. Fortunately, since the inception of the Klan in the later decades of the 1800s, these now generally marginalized individuals have been moved further and further into the fringes of society. The best response to these hateful individuals is to ignore them. They only have power when put in […]

Ideas for summer reading

Summer often brings us hours at home with children, time for sitting beside the pool, or leisurely spending time on a beach, on a cruise, in airports, or in a summer cabin. Several times over the years I resolved on New Year’s Day to read a book a week. I’ve never regretted it when I’ve […]

Who is responsible?

I just finished reading a wonderful book entitled “Shattered.” This book follows the Hillary Clinton campaign from its inception through post-election. The 2016 presidential campaign is one that will get significant attention in history books. It was the first time a woman had a legitimate shot at becoming president and the first time a complete […]

How do you know she’s a witch?

“How do you know she’s a witch?” “She looks like one.” This comedic interchange from the classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is supposed to be satire, but these days, I’m not so sure. Recently, a sponsor boycott ended the TV program of political commentator Bill O’Reilly, the FOX channel’s most successful show. […]

Simple rules for living

Some 15 years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a book entitled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” His work struck a chord with readers and it has been a best seller for many years. After 13 years of college and graduate education and another 20-something in my profession, I’ve learned that life […]

The truth about tolerance, Part II

In my last column I addressed how the overuse of the terms such as racism and sexism have rendered them practically meaningless. The pursuit of tolerance supposedly is the method for ending various “isms,” but like these other terms, it has been overused and misused to the point that I don’t think most people even […]

Racism, sexism, hate speech

Are you as tired as I am of hearing so many shrill comments from those on both ends of the political spectrum about those other people who are irredeemably intolerant? I’m tired of a culture that keeps complaining about people being intolerant. It isn’t that I’m against tolerance. I’m all for it. I’m just tired […]

My troubled life

You won’t believe the troubles I am facing. Where to start? First, my housekeeper quit. She decided my rural estate was proving to be too much of a drive for her. I was already paying her a stipend for travel, but now I have to go to the trouble of finding a replacement for her. […]

Just vote!

In 2000, George W. Bush won the presidency despite losing the popular vote, something that has only happened three other times in U.S. history. That event was so rare that most supporters of Al Gore, Bush’s opponent, didn’t even know it was possible. In that same election, the U.S. Supreme Court had to weigh in […]

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