Breaking the Silence

The theme for the 2018 Women’s History Month in March is “Nevertheless She Persisted.”  This is especially significant considering the many revelations of misbehavior by individuals in power over the past several months. Stories of harassment and intimidation are not new but the almost daily new revelations are showing women how to find the strength to speak up. 

If you would like to go beyond the headlines, you can find much to inspire you in these important titles:

Road Trips

Road trips have always appealed to me. One reason for this appeal was my mom's love of driving, which took us on trips across the West. My mom was very proud of the fact she bought her first car - a '38 Chevy - when she was 20 years old. Her own mother never did learn to drive. To my mother, a car meant freedom and opportunity and that attitude rubbed off on me. Road trips - especially long road trips - an offer time to contemplate life and plan for the future. The freedom of driving and making a road trip can have great significance in a person's life.

Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, Fake News—What’s Next?

It seems as if these are new terms that we just began hearing about during the 2016 presidential election.  But lies and lying are hardly new.  In fact, I remember a book that was first published in 2005 titled On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt.  It surprised me because it turned into a best seller.  Critics called it a “gem of psychological insight, social commentary, philosophical analyses and good humor.”  The popular nonfiction author Sam Harris published a book titled Lying in 2013.  In it he suggested that we can improve our lives and our society by telling the truth in sit

Russia--The Enigma

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the rest of the world is still trying to come to grips with this great nation created in bloodshed and with great hopes for a bright future. How do we begin to understand the feelings and aspirations of a people so recently “freed” from the Iron Curtain?

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