That Basket of Deplorables Is the New Face of US Terrorism (Updated)

I’m late to learning the details of what has transpired from the Nazi and White Supremacist terrorist attacks that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I refuse to use the term “Alt-Right.” These are militant, white, Nazi terrorists that want to usher in to this country an ethnic cleansing. Their hatred and terrorism are without doubt fueled by Donald Trump, whose… Continue reading

Let’s Chat about Banksy Graffiti

These are some initial thoughts after an encounter with Banksy graffiti, whose work I find provokes my thinking on several different levels. In my opinion, if there is any truly great sin widely practiced in our world today, it’s the failure to think, for deep thinking almost always enjoins action. Banksy takes this on with verve. Banksy had a 2013 … Continue reading

New Zealand: Day 15 – A Very, Very, Very Long Travel Day

The day started at 4:00am. Ug! Things went fairly close to script. My bag was lighter returning home than going. How the bag became lighter is beyond me. I added a stuffed, plush, Kiwi, who, having heard so much about him, wanted to meet The Pinkerton back in the states. Much to my disappointment, I was unable to sleep on… Continue reading

Golden Age of Television

I read, or a friend of mine suggested—I don’t recall which, that we are in a golden age for television. Numerous excellent programs are available. So, I’ve been thinking about this: Are we really in a golden age for television programming? As a child, we had to center our schedules around our favorite TV programs. If you missed them, they… Continue reading

Fair and Balanced or Unhinged from Reality?

This post is NOT about Fox News or climate change, though both are referenced to explain something else. John Oliver: Last Week Tonight [dropcap]I[/dropcap] thought that the ending of Season 1, Episode 3, of John Oliver’s HBO series, “Last Week Tonight” was sheer brilliance. Not only was he funny (He’s always hysterical.), he made a profoundly important point. His point… Continue reading

Binge Watching

Maybe, as a child I spent too much time running around barefoot on the sun-scorched, red clay roads of the Deep South, or heard one too many superstitions, sermons, or tall tales. Maybe it was the sounds of the frogs and the saccades, or the wind rustling softly through the low-hanging moss in the ancient oak trees, or perhaps the… Continue reading

“We’re #1! We’re #1!”

If you haven’t watched The Newsroom, a new HBO series from the writer of The West Wing, I recommend it. A friend of mine (Thanks, Mark!) highly recommended it—especially the first 10 minutes of the first episode. I just watched it. Brilliantly done. Here’s a trailer.   Even Todd Leopold at CNN wrote a piece about the assertion we’ve all… Continue reading

Bored at the Hotel

Normally, when I travel, I keep pretty busy.  But this past trip, when I arrived at the hotel, I did a quick digital checkin and then flipped on the TV —a rare thing. I couldn’t find anything of interest; so, I left the TV on HBO with some crazy vampire thing, TrueBlood, about to start. I had some passive knowledge… Continue reading