A Very Close Shave

Now that the APA (American Psychological Association) have decided that the political opinions of psychologists are a legitimate factor in mental health care decisions, we’ve reached another checkpoint on the battlefields of American culture. Under the guise of concern for “the impact of power, privilege, and sexism on the development of boys and men and ...

The Great American Freak-Out

Americans are not only terrified of everything — it turns out they are also subject to sudden and inexplicable tolerance breaks.  Last week’s viral incident at the Jet Blue counter in Miami serves up more evidence of an epidemic of adult conniption fits, even as nobody seems to know why the Adult Freak Out singularity ...

South Philly Barbacoa

One idea that surfaced from the recent VAT meetings was to foster a vision of Sisters Country as the artisanal capital of Oregon. That idea may be one of the better ones to have emerged from the project, if only because it is an organic outcome of broad-based community support.  It is also something that ...

Fear

Americans have become a fearful lot.  And I really do mean scaredy-cats, a bunch whimpering, simpering, cowardly lions afraid of everything from chocolate milk to clowns, from fake eyelashes (it’s a thing) to 11 year-old playground bullies. I’m not sure how this happened, but fear has become a pervasive element in our culture.  It’s virtually ...

Good Citizenship in the Age of Lying Liars

My detective brain tells me that President Donald Trump is lying, though it’s unclear to me exactly what he’s lying about.  It also seems clear that fired FBI Director James Comey, too smug by a country mile, is lying also – either actively or by omission, and who knows which.  But that’s not unusual in ...

Running Iron on the Road — San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Part One

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dtkn2-9d1009 In this inaugural segment of Running Iron on the Road, Craig shares thoughts and music from a recent trip to San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato, Mexico.  Part 1 of 2.

You Can’t Get There From Here

I’ve been wondering what there is to say about the saga of Judge Kavanaugh, and the allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  There really is no upside to joining the discussion in the present environment, largely because we seem to have regressed to the tactics of denunciation and character assassination in place of evidence ...

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