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The Russians Are Coming!

July 2017 Remember the Cold War? I certainly do. It was a period of great geopolitical tension and proxy conflicts between the rival...

Relighting Candles

May 2017 I am writing this in a small hotel room in a similarly small French town in the heights of the Pyrenees Mountains at the border...

Chariots of Life

March 2017 I intend to see “Hacksaw Ridge,” the Oscar-winning movie that tells the true story of Army medic Desmond T. Doss, who won the...

Let's Un-Divide Our House

February 2017 The following is meant as an observation on politics, not a political observation. A man ran for the highest office in the...

Shame, Shame, Shame

January 2017 No, this is not an article about the 1975 song of that name by Shirley & Company (though Millenials curious to see how badly...

The Dea[r]th of Truth

January 2017 Pontius Pilate once famously asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Today we might ask, “Where is truth?” We live in an...

Ham the Man

December 2016 Very good friends treated us to “Hamilton: An American Musical” recently (yes, it really is as good as they say, even...

Liar, Liar

December 2016 Growing up, I was taught that lying was a very bad thing. There’s even a Commandment against it. Unlike a simple mistake, a...

Life After PC?

December 2016 Could someone please explain to me how we ended up in this mess? I’m not talking about the recent election or its...

Of Fallen Leaves and Memories

November 2016 Stepping outside recently on a crisp fall morning I was stunned (not too strong a word) by the glorious sight of fallen...

One Heck of a Thanksgiving

November 11, 2016 My wife and I are blessed with having a very large extended family. With that comes considerable diversity of interests...

A Perfect Gentleman

Robert Edward Ix (1929 - 2016) Bob Ix went to his heavenly reward late Tuesday night after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving...

Enduring Friendship

November 2017 In this Thanksgiving season, let us raise a glass to friendship. Real, simple, cordial, honest, mutual,...

A Seussian Defense of the Good Doctor

I love to read, and I love to write. I owe that in good measure to Dr. Seuss, and I suspect many others do as well. Sadly, in the...

A Manufactured Moment

Notre Dame, Indiana. May 21, 2017. Much has been written – already – about the moment when a small number (we’ll get to that later) of...

A Season of Miracles

December 2017 I’m no religion expert, but I am sufficiently familiar with the Jewish and Christian faith traditions to have a sense of...

Of Bits & Blocks

Last week I participated in three separate discussions of cryptocurrencies (the best known of which is bitcoin) and blockchain...

In Praise of Stillness

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” -- Max Ehrman, Desiderata © 1952 I am once again...

Up With Pup

I haven’t been sleeping well lately. It’s not because I’ve been eating spicy foods, have bad dreams or a guilty conscience. We have a new...

God Bless Trust Officers

Life is a teacher, and school is always in session. We lost my father-in-law just over a year ago. He was an amazing person, a captain of...