I’m really describing myself. What’s different between today and when our country was started? If you had power, you were white, male and a property owner. Women, people of color, the poor? Forget about it. I have worked hard to accumulate some resources and build a respectable career. Along the way, I failed to recognize … More Old, White, Privileged Guys
Someone says the economy is doing great. What does that mean? Who benefits? Who loses? There are all kinds of people touting what makes a strong economy. Usually referred are jobs and the stock market. Trade surplus is another one. Wage growth. Interest rates. Gross Domestic Product. Consumer Price Index. All valuable to some degree. … More Economic Indicators
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 87 when she passed away. Greta Thunberg is 17 years old. Both are remarkable in their own ways. Fighters. Most of us live relatively quiet lives, we vote, pay out taxes, get angry once in awhile, but we never step inside the ring. We leave the heavy lifting to others. We … More Heavyweight Fighters
“The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!” ― Patrick Henry Throughout our history, the word patriot has been used is many fashions. We hear the word used today, generally as a self-proclaimed label. What exactly is a patriot, and how do we … More To Be a Patriot
Recently, I watched a DVD of one the last films I saw in the movie theater, pre-pandemic. It got me wondering when, or if, I would ever experience another movie theater film. Life has changed mightily in my 63 years. Overall, life is easier and more convenient, but I would not say universally better. There … More The Change Up: Good or Bad?
Sound bites. I do not like them. Complex, human issues are not always bumper sticker size. Yet, sometimes they are. Every month or so, I feel like repeating certain points about what is going on in America, as two sides are deeply divided like trench warfare of World War I. Sadly, our president is all … More It Ain’t That Simple
Former Kansas City Monarchs player Buck O’Neil had a saying that he was right on time. I think that applied to John Lewis as well. John Lewis was made for his time. It is still his time, as our country must deal with many interrelated issues of race, equity and criminal justice. As I listened … More Remembering John Lewis
After “Horse With No Name” everyone knew of the musical group, America, three American lads living in England who had a massive international debut hit album. It happened at the right time, the folk-rock era was underway, as was the time of the singer-songrwiter. Those catchy acoustic-guitar, folky riffs with the mysterious lyrical imagery was … More America: Homecoming (1972)
The fourth album by the folk-rock group, America. Holiday followed the uninspiring and commercially weak, Hat Trick. The album featured the songs “Tin Man” and “Lonely People”, both top five hits, and the album rose to number three on the Billboard chart. Holiday was the first of the group’s albums to be produced by George … More America: Holiday (1974)
You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world Lyrics by John Lennon How apropos since it is nearly Independence Day, since we are celebrating our own version of revolution. America is … More Revolution?