Tag: Wishful Thinking

Is Your Home in Ruins?

September 9th, 2016, No Comments

We’ve seen the awful sights of Syria’s ruined cities, smoke emanating from the rubble of buildings that used to be homes. The story of those abandoning the destruction is well known to newspaper readers and television viewers via the images of the Syrians trudging towards transportation and the hope of shelter. Earlier blog posts here […]

The Pregnant Male

March 27th, 2016, No Comments

Men are faced with an interesting problem when a wife (or girlfriend) tells them they are about to become a father. Paternity ought to give leave to thoughts about a father’s role in the birth process. Perhaps paternity leave for fathers should be offered during the wife’s pregnancy instead of afterwards? It’s an undeniable fact […]

Dear Bill Maher, Isn’t Humanism Also a Religion?

April 12th, 2015, No Comments

Dear Mr. Maher, Thank you, along with many other comedic pundits who have helped so many of us laugh in understanding over the years. Tonight, I’m writing to look into your opinions about humanism, as opposed to religion. I truly enjoy your pokes at ‘dogmatism’ but also believe that to be a characteristic of humanists […]

Memories of the Future

February 11th, 2015, No Comments

I just moved to Israel where there is no fear of open discussion with regards to the rise in anti-Semitism around the world. Much suppressed in the US, where I was raised to believe my encounters with Jew-haters were isolated events, I now realize those memories are of the future. Feeling free in my NYC […]

Home School for Home Rule

October 1st, 2013, No Comments

Along the scale of political viewpoints, I firmly believe in taking things issue by issue, using the constitution as the ‘midline’ point. After all, you can’t get too far to the left or right without falling afoul of the Supreme Court. True, the context of a legislative question or life decision may change from one […]

Attitudes about Government in and out of China

February 14th, 2013, 1 Comment

I read an article the other day about a blogger said to have taken rare photographs of the President elect of China, Xi Ping. I have been unable to find that original article but the Washington Post notes it here. The lines which caught my eye in the other article spoke of how the blogger […]

The Refugee Within

December 26th, 2012, No Comments

Here in the UK, the news has been full of reports about the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve worked in many New York City school programs and experienced my share of bomb threats along with occasional intrusions by unstable individuals. Still, when working my very first teaching job in Connecticut back in 1979, the […]

Redefining Capitalism- No Need!

April 22nd, 2011, No Comments

Paul Krugman’s column today is precisely the answer to our dogmatic allegiance to the word, “Capitalism”. When George W. Bush referred to us all as consumers, rather than citizens, it communicated the concept that our status had changed as residents. In addition, every single product and service in existence was somehow a commodity for purchase […]

Libya

April 3rd, 2011, No Comments

Nicholas Kristof always manages to raise our hopes for a future without oppression even as he details life at its worst for people (often women) around the world. In his latest column, he reminds us that the horrors of war are solely justifiable in the effort to preserve life. How can we condemn or ignore […]

The History of HuMans

July 20th, 2010, No Comments

Readers are directed to this post introducing three NY Times columns about seemingly unrelated issues. However, there is certainly a common thread to be seen. If we connect the dots between Kristoff’s views and suggestions about the Middle East with the latest local ‘star’ scandal surrounding Mel Gibson, you see a pattern emerging of huMan […]

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