America is worthy of our patriotism

To those who don’t agree, please set aside any animus you may harbor toward former President Trump…or the Make America Great Again movement...or any notions about conservatism that may cause you to point and say, “That’s the problem.” This is not a political post (culture and history are my topic areas). I’m not a [...]

America is worthy of our patriotism2024-06-13T06:42:22-07:00

On this day…

Fire from the cliffs of hell. Thousands of American and Allied troops stepped from the tractable bow ramps of their landing crafts into waist-deep water as hellfire rained from the bluffs above the beaches at Normandy. Who can imagine the gut-wrenching experience of these young men, boys really, wading toward [...]

On this day…2024-06-07T06:02:03-07:00

Moral Character in America

In my recent Substack, I wrote about the subject of moral character, and whether it is declining in America. Perhaps we need look no further than our elite college campuses to help answer this question. There the world has been witnessing the worst displays of antisemitism and moral corruption in my lifetime, perhaps since [...]

Moral Character in America2024-05-29T10:02:11-07:00

The Folk Revival

Americana music of the 1950s-60s I came from a musical family. My father sang bass in a barbershop quartet. That started everything. Okay, get ready for some name-dropping. My brother Morrie, a noted classical guitarist in the 1970s, once gave Bob Dylan a guitar lesson. Flo and Eddie, the stage names of Mark Volman [...]

The Folk Revival2024-05-29T08:28:47-07:00

Is the sun rising or setting on America?

Consult the chair for your answer. May 24, 1787. Pretend you are there. The air is supercharged with the weight of history and the hopes of a new nation that is all but four years old. Fifty-five state delegates gather with you at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania State House, later dubbed Independence Hall. The place where [...]

Is the sun rising or setting on America?2024-05-22T13:12:44-07:00

Moms

Thank God for them. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.” – George Washington Like most every other man in America, I thought about my [...]

Moms2024-05-13T14:29:28-07:00

Are we getting nastier toward each other?

Or, perhaps better stated, is moral character on the decline in America? Some say yes and point the finger of blame, rather simplistically (in my view), at Donald Trump for poisoning our national discourse. He must be the culprit, right? Others counter that the blatant bias of mainstream news outlets, coupled with the hijacking of [...]

Are we getting nastier toward each other?2024-05-08T06:35:19-07:00

The Second Rise of the Klan

And the woman who toppled them. There’s a fascinating new book I must commend to you…A Fever in the Heartland, by New York Times bestselling author, Timothy Egan. As the book cover reads, it’s the true story of the Ku Klux Klan’s “plot to take over America” during the Roaring Twenties—the Jazz Age. When [...]

The Second Rise of the Klan2024-05-06T15:33:25-07:00

Remembering Boston, Part 2

Boston…where the spark of revolution turned into a raging fire. Where just shy of 200 years later, seats in the bleachers along the first base line at Fenway Park were cheap enough that a broke graduate student and his bride could watch the Red Sox play in fair weather. A place and time of innocence, [...]

Remembering Boston, Part 22024-04-24T13:05:23-07:00

Remembering Boston, Part 1

A Poem That Bears Repeating Another July 4th is around the corner, and everyone in the U.S. will celebrate my birthday. (That really is what I thought as a kid.) Happy 248th birthday, America! As we near the completion of one-quarter of a millennium, it’s worth reflecting on the generous legacy left to us [...]

Remembering Boston, Part 12024-04-17T12:18:47-07:00
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