For the past sixteen months there has been a lot of talk that America has lost its way; that we are weak; that we have somehow, lost our greatness.

If that is true, then why do so many want to come to this country, attend … Read More

Deal with the Devil

While there is no photographic evidence, Paul Ryan continues to suffer the results of his deal with the devil.

Courtesy Dan Piraro,

Once the House Speaker walked onto the stage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, his fate was sealed.

“Democracy is a … Read More

Maj. John Baldwin (Ret.) is a good friend, former vascular surgeon who served in Vietnam and frequent reader of this site. He submitted the following story to me about former classmate and Vietnam POW Maj. Glenn Wilson. It begins with finding a bracelet.

When the … Read More

George Clooney’s compelling 2003 film, Good Night, and Good Luck, is about character assassination and the two men taking a principled stand against such tactics: CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow, and producing partner, Fred Friendly.

After publicaly exposing U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy for … Read More

Searching for Meaning

Since the attacks in Paris last Friday, like many, I have been struggling to understand why some people are so consumed by hate that it leads them to commit monstrous acts.

I remembered a book I’ve had since college, Man’s Search for Meaning, by … Read More


That’s the Japanese word for survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The word translates as “explosion-affected people.”

Rarely have I listened to such a compelling personal story. It’s the story of Setsuko Thurlow, a hibakusha, who, at just 13-years-old became a … Read More

What Went Right

Why is it that so many good stories – the ones where some impending tragedy is prevented – rarely make broadcast news?

I could be sitting here writing about another school shooting if not for the intervention of some alert students who didn’t hesitate to … Read More