Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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America could certainly use a Gandalf right about now

Happy Fourth, everybody! As any of the long-time readers know, I am a geek. Or a nerd, depending on whatever definition of those two terms you ken. Which, it seems, is solely the purview of the … more

Lives still being wasted for the sin of slavery

God punishes us for our sins. I am an amateur student of history, particularly the American Civil War. This, of course, I had to pick up entirely on my own, as 12 years of public school, four years … more

Opportunity within all this deep disruption

John Adams once said that every problem is an opportunity in disguise. I think he might have said that shortly after discovering that grapes don’t grow so well in the northeast, and thus, we have … more

Dogs, a cat and those two wolves

Around the horn… We got a new puppy this week. To quote the lady at the shelter, he is “ridiculously cute.” And I agree — not only is he ridiculously cute, but he has completely latched on to … more

All that is impossible and unknowable about this moment

Once upon a time, I took it upon myself to start writing down phrases and passages from different sources that spoke to me on sticky notes, and placing them around my world. The other day I came … more

Pandemic leaving us frayed

Here’s a question for “people of a certain age”: Who remembers what the great social/political debate was in the summer of 2001? Anybody? Of course not — September 11 sort of wiped all those … more

Advice from this crummy COVID commencement

Friends, families, distinguished guests …. Bob. It is an honor to be here today to help the members of the Class of 2020 celebrate their great achievement. Graduates — well done! And … more

Suggestions on how we get back to normal gracefully

You want to know how desperate Americans are for “normal?” Some 55 million of us watched the NFL draft last weekend, including me. Watching an event that had no sport—no ball, no referee, no … more

Three things about this pandemic

When this whole thing started, I hypothesized that three things were going to come out of an extended period of quarantine: 1. Many new babies 2. Many new divorces 3. Unfortunately, an uptick in the … more

Make sure your new routine is a good one

Back before quarantine, about 400 years ago, a normal day looked a little bit like this: I would get up, get ready, make a cup of very weak, well-disguised coffee and take my son to school. From … more

How we are responding to the moment

So, where do we stand? No, this is not going to be a medical/epidemiological/economic briefing. I’m not qualified to do any of that, and, frankly, if you wanted that, there’s only about 73 other … more

Lessons of faith in all this uncertainty

So, this isn’t exactly what you had in mind, is it? Seems so long ago… Friday, March 6, the news of the day was that the economy created a “whopping” (according to Yahoo News) 273,000 jobs, … more

The quarantine chronicles

Day One: At last!! Nirvana for introverts! A socially acceptable reason to crawl to the back of my cave and huddle. Like Gollum. Or Jack Nicholson. Day Two: Starting to think this might not have been … more

A spreading message about COVID-19

Here’s how this works: Rudy Gobert is a professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz. Moments before the Jazz game two weeks ago in Oklahoma City, he was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus, … more

Now is the time for our better angels to fly

So. What’s new? There’s an old Chinese curse that reads “May you live in interesting times.” We are, my friends, living in a Chinese curse. Actually, given the origin of this pandemic, you … more

Time to check in on our collective golf game

When I was a kid, my first job was as a caddy at Green Gables Country Club. It wasn’t a great job — really early mornings, all day in the hot sun, good chance you’d show up for work and not … more

Catching sight of the real America

The other day, I’m driving down the road, and I see a scene which has stuck with me. There was a young woman, maybe late 20’s, slender and pretty, with brunette hair that had been frosted pink or … more

Nothing routine about inspiring enthusiasm

I have this routine that I go through almost every day with my trumpet. It’s 45 – 55 minutes of exercises, many of which are repetitive or very similar, and they are tedious. My wife, whose … more

Overcoaching can kill creativity

One of my oldest friends just sent me a video montage of Ichiro Suzuki, the baseball player. In an 18-year career in America with three different teams, he was a .300 hitter, a Gold Glove outfielder, … more

A big week of little consequence

“Welcome, my friends, to the show that never ends!” I have a sickness, one which I have admitted to before: I love politics. I am a political junkie. So, of course, last week I spent WAY too much … more
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