Aren’t We All Immigrants, Really?

My father is a genealogist. He spent about 25 years researching our family history and eventually published a book on it. I am quite lucky to have this and to be able know everything about my family roots going back generations and centuries to the Tudor era of the 1400’s. I am a mutt of […]

Two Countries….One Election

Well for my first post here I want to speak to a broader audience. A few days ago the people of the US chose to elect Obama for another four years. Being a conservative in some rights and libertarian in others it’s a hard election to swallow for me, however the divisive nature of the election here […]

The Prohibition Is Dangling By Its Last String

I am very pleased to see that the people of 2 of the 3 states with propositions to end the prohibition of cannabis spoke up and agreed that it makes no sense to keep spending billions of dollars trying to enforce this prohibition. Between these states votes and the current case in the United States […]

Beyond the Water Cooler

Every once in a while I experience an identity crisis. When one happens, I ask a lot of questions: Who am I? Who am I supposed to be? What are my values? What does it mean to be an American? What do I owe my fellow humans? What is the role of a governing body? […]

Election Day

I stare at the naked eyes And I hear the hollow, hungry cries And the streets are full of empty energy And naked eyes have never seen a dream, Without eclipse And the poet leans to kiss her lips But his work is just a frozen tear ‘Cause shell-shocked ears refuse to hear the cry […]

The Broca Divide

A child’s first word. No matter the word, it is a milestone. It is the first time a sound finds a shape, curling and wrapping itself into a formulated expression of thought and feeling.  Every parent, every person who loves that little child celebrates that first word; celebrates the process of a developing mind. Do […]

The Policy of the American Government

Government has certainly gotten a lot bigger under President Obama. The federal budget deficit has virtually tripled with unsuccessful bailouts and stimulus plans.  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we have a new federal entitlement program.  Many are frustrated with the way President Obama has managed the economy.  Jobs are a big issue; […]

Democracy 2012

This election season has been quite interesting for me to watch. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am pretty liberal in my politics, especially concerning social issues. I do want fiscal responsibility, but not at the expense of much needed programs. While I don’t think the Obama administration has delivered on all of […]