Fighting For Gun-Control: Sometimes Even Pacifists Own Guns

  LAST WEEK, OVER a hundred Democratic lawmakers, led by civil rights icon John Lewis, staged a sit-in in the Lower House to force congress to vote on gun legislation. At one point, Lewis led the group in the song We Shall Overcome. House speaker Paul Ryan told them that they aren’t making a difference.…

What Makes The Film A Hologram for The King So Healing

    A Hologram for the King is adapted from a book with the same title by Dave Egge. The hopeful story takes place in Saudi Arabia and avoids Arab stereotypes. I found it refreshing, even healing, to be presented with beautiful and humane images of peoples and lands. This is not a tale of…

How To Contact Your Representatives And Become A Change Agent Today

You can reach out to your representatives over lunch, today, and participate in the democratic process. It’s been a while since I made a concerted effort to contact all my government representatives. At one time, I volunteered with the grassroots lobby Results and participated in a “hill storming”. Hundreds of us had set up appointments with…

How Can We Deal With The Orlando Nightclub Shooting Crisis?

I don’t know how you reacted to yesterday’s early morning mass shooting at Orlando’s nightclub, Pulse, but I just felt numb and powerless. Martin P. Seligman, the imminent psychology researcher, calls that non-response “learned helplessness.” But isn’t it true? Aren’t we helpless to prevent these massacres? Something that happened on Saturday made me think the following: It is…

We Don’t Want Bernie’s Movement To Die

  YOU KNOW HOW you feel when your eyes hang on the screen as you watch the election results roll in? How anxious you are, even though the numbers look good? How you’re holding your breath and it has to be a pretty sure thing before you really believe and let that breath out? That’s…

Is Donald Trump Afflicted With Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

A SPOT OF NARCISSISM can help lead to greatness. Too much of it can spell disaster for anyone or thing in the narcissist’s path. Novelist, Richard North Patterson, has written a brilliant article that gives a courageously unvarnished and deeply insightful analysis of Donald Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder. I encourage you to read Too Sick Too Lead because it will…

Are Doctors Keeping Death A Secret?

  WOULD YOU LIKE to know that the end is near? Would you like to get your house in order? Or would you feel better not knowing? As it stands right now, a new study reveals that a huge number of us don’t get to choose.  I remember the moment I discovered death. Looking across…