Snapshot of the SOTU

I love Wordle, the site at which you can input text and get a visual image of the most frequently used words.  Frequency is measured by size. So, I took the text from the State of the Union address (thanks NPR for providing it) and below is the graphic Worlde produced.  I did this once to a SOTU address from… Continue reading

When Opposites Attract

NPR, CPB, PBS:  all such powerful voices for deep, reflective, critical thinking in a time when we just tend to want some quick affirmation from those who support our current perspective on reality.  I’ve often, through the years, speculated that this is indeed the very reason these voices come under attack from political forces that feel challenged by dispassionate reason… Continue reading

How Well Written!

I highly recommend that Americans stop and think about what Garrison Keillor has written in this excerpt from his new book,  Homegrown Democrat (© 2004). Mr. Keillor is the host and writer of  A Prairie Home Companion, now in its 25th year on the air. Rather than just read these short quotations here, read the entire excerpt by clicking here.… Continue reading

Thank You, NPR

NPR did a wonderful program this morning on political cartoonists, Cartoonists Sharpen Pencils for 2004 Campaign: Edwards’ Smile, Bush’s Ears, Kerry’s Jaw Fair Game for Illustrators. Living under my little rock, I was unfamiliar with the political cartoons of Mike Peters. This guy is hysterical. I love wit with a touch of the cynical. Here are three of his cartoons… Continue reading

NPR Is Awesome!

So today, this man in Atlanta got to hear a man in Washington D.C. play a Tuscan Medici Stradivarius viola manufactured in 1690.  Not only did he (me) get to hear it, but everyone who tuned in to NPR just before 9:00 A.M. got to hear it too! NPR is the greatest!  This important media outlet does not just focus… Continue reading