“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?
America is a ghostly specter. The year 2020 is not yet half over, but it poised to become one of the most eventful years in our history. At least our modern history. This is becoming a year of change. The ship is turning, slowly, but either the country evolves, or it will break apart. The … More Stranger in a Strange Country
Goodbye my old stalwart friend Nearly extinct by a tiny life force The mighty one unable to defend Strong and ripped like a race horse On every American Main Street Tree houses and tire swings Every kid has climbed skyward Fanciful adventure rings Many childhood days spent in the air Invisible in a … More By Way of the Elm
There are days I want to isolate myself from the world. The hate, conspiracy theories and broken systems are simply too much. I do not thrive on chaos, it does not energize me or give me purpose. I have those already. I remember a time that good, thoughtful people worked to bring things back in … More When the World is Upside Down