After Spring Break

First, let me begin by telling you that I do plan to write the follow-up article I announced last month which would go further into what Martin Luther would have said the day before he was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1521. You surely have not had any concern about this, but my […]

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 […]

Judging Judge Gorsuch

A guide to the Neil Gorsuch nomination uproar: If you want the federal government to exercise greater and greater power over daily life in America, with minimum backtalk from us, the people, you deplore the prospective elevation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. If, by contrast, you regard the expansion or contraction of […]

Personality and policy

In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and vague promises to fix things […]

Staying in bed

As I see it, because I’ve studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I get out of bed. Sometimes it is a kind day so I can get through a cup of coffee and morning news before things start a-changin’ and my plans disappear like […]

We won the lottery!

The unexpected news was delivered just a little after the noontime hour. The Wife was so excited when she called that she could hardly catch her breath. When she finally did, six little words were spoken that were to change our lives, and the lives of our loved ones around us, forever, “Honey, we just […]

Jumbo shrimp

Want to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., and take in some jumbo shrimp? It’s not what you think. Unless, that is, you are a fan of minor league baseball. Jacksonville has sported a minor league baseball team as far back as 1962. Many of these teams were quite good, winning championships in their league. The latest […]

The leftists have already won

A renowned icon of fatal neglect is Nero fiddling while Rome burned. As emperor, he not only sang and played the cithara, a stringed instrument similar to the lyre, he also organized and performed in musical competitions, more horrifying to his subordinate officials than the gruesome murders he ordered. But I wonder if the ancient […]

Purity and politics

Readers of a certain age may recall ads for Ivory Soap, which claimed to be 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. If the soap could have reached 100 percent purity, the company would likely have made the claim. Purity, apparently, is what some conservative Republicans are demanding in a health insurance bill, which likely will be […]

Pinto beans, cornbread, buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn’t really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four times a week. “We’d come home from school and walk into the house and there was that smell,” she said, shuddering at the sensory recall. Pinto beans, cooked with some kind […]

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