Convinced Against Our Will
“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” –old saying, used by Dale Carnegie in How to Win Friends and Influence People The newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts explored a few fake news items of the recent past (“Truth, sadly, is not something we all value,” The Seattle Times, Oct 8, 2017).… Read More »
Iran Is Persian, not Arab
For many Americans, Iran is barely on the radar screen. They confuse Iran with its neighbor, Iraq, and they tend to think of Iran as an Arab country. In fact, Iran is not an Arab nation. Iran is the descendant of ancient Persia. The official language of Iran is not Arabic but modern Persian, also… Read More »
How Many Pulitzer Prizes Has Twitter Won?
Facebook, Google, and Twitter face scrutiny over Russian infiltration of social media to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. Do we actually depend on Facebook, Google, and Twitter for news and analysis? If so, we deserve the less than stellar candidates recently elected to public office. I connect with friends on Facebook, use search engines to… Read More »
Opioid Plague: Searching for Spiritual Answers?
Dr. Thomas Andrew, at age 60, is changing his profession from medical examiner to that of minister. As medical examiner for New Hampshire, he’s appalled by the mushrooming number of deaths from drug overdoses for which he’s had to perform autopsies. He’s planning to enter the ministry as a chaplain under the United Methodist Church.… Read More »
Removing “Servant” from Public Servant
“ . . . the federal workforce has the same number of employees in 2017 as it did during the Kennedy administration, despite the creation of the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and various agencies, as well as a roughly 40 percent increase in the total U.S. population during that interval.… Read More »
War on Coal; War on the Planet
Until I moved to the Pacific Northwest, most of the salmon I ate came from cans. I was not fond of it. Then one day I ate fresh salmon and became a salmon lover. An added plus is salmon’s contribution to a healthy diet, one of those foods you can enjoy that is good for… Read More »
Born on Third Base
Chuck Collins, heir to a wealthy trust fund, decided at age 26 to transfer his wealth to four grant-making foundations. He made this decision after working with a group of mobile home owners struggling to raise money to buy the land where they parked their trailers. Collins could no longer justify to himself his advantages… Read More »
Getting Rid of the Editors
Most of us use at least one of them, even if we harbor uneasiness about their power. We log on to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the other digital helpers. We connect with friends and families, carry out research, express our opinions, and follow the latest breaking news. Thomas Friedman, columnist for The New York Times,… Read More »
Today’s Glorious Autumn; Echos of Another Fragile Season
In western Washington State, we are enjoying one of the most beautiful autumns in several years. The maple tree across the street has retained that brilliant scarlet, known only in autumn, far longer than I thought possible. I hold on to the beauty a bit tighter because of several novels I have read recently, set… Read More »
Business and Politics: A Match Made in Hell?
We have sometimes elected business people to legislative bodies, but not generally to the U.S. presidency. For that job, we have tended to go for politicians already holding elective office at the state or U.S. congressional level or else military leaders. Donald Trump is the first president I can think of, at least since the… Read More »
From South Korea: “What Are the Churches in America Thinking?”
I don’t know how close North Korea is to actually sending a nuclear weapon to devastate some city on my own Pacific northwest coast. I’m pretty certain, though, that North Korea could now, at this instant, use weapons, conventional or otherwise, to snuff out the lives of millions of South Koreans and perhaps Japanese as… Read More »
Bring Your Pets to Work; How About Your Children?
A shopping section of one newspaper featured equipment a pet owner might want for taking their pet with them to their workplace. Suggestions for the growing pet-to-work movement included a pet carrier, collapsible feeding dishes, and a portable paw washer. Anyone who’s loved a pet can understand the satisfaction of a pet’s affection and how… Read More »