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1-12-21 The Fire Next Time

American novelist James Baldwin (1924-1987) published a widely acclaimed pair of essays in 1963 under the title, The Fire Next Time. In the midst of tremendous national turmoil, his voice reflected the contradictions and angst of the racial divide in our country and...

1-5-21 Back to the Future

The Back to the Future franchise made popular from the first 1985 film featuring a young man’s journey with a brilliant, but eccentric inventor who converts a DeLorean automobile into a time machine, describes the advantages and pitfalls of traveling back and forth...

12-29-20 Consequences

The sound of this new year will be a collective sigh of relief as 2020 dwindles to its last few days. As another calendar year begins, although largely symbolic, it signals a renewal of purpose and intent to improve and excel beyond what has been. Many New Year toasts...

12-22-20 Santa Claus is alive and well!

Each year, I step aside to let perennial eight-year-old, Virginia O'Hanlon, pose a question that has reverberated for over a century. She wrote a letter to the editor of New York's SUN in 1897 and the response, printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897, the work...

12-15-20 Transformation

Sometimes political change is highly visible and relatively straightforward. An example in this election cycle is at the federal level where a new administration is about to assume the presidency and executive functions, altering much of the country’s direction of the...

12-8-20 Fortitude

At 7:55 a.m., on the morning of December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”, 2,403 service members and civilians died in a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that initiated the United States’ entry into World War II. The catastrophic loss of life and...