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Talking about the core of this acrimony

A couple walks into the marriage counselor’s office and sits down. “Doc, I don’t know what to do any more,” the wife starts in. “I’m miserable.” “I’m miserable, too, Doc,” the … more

A randomly brilliant idea

Do you ever wonder whether we’re asking the right questions about the problems we face? Or, are you more like me, and are absolutely certain the we are NOT asking the right questions. Malcolm … more

Learning a little bit from the Truman show

I’m reading a fascinating biography right now: “Truman” by David McCullough. Harry Truman is one of those Presidents that seems to have gotten pretty short-changed by the writers of history. Or … more

Mixed messages muddle our shared mission

Belief number one: Americans want to get back to normal life. Belief number two: most Americans want to do so only under conditions that mitigate the threat of COVID-19 as much as possible. The … more

Heck of a summer reset happening for schools

Sooooo….. how’s everybody doing? By the time you’re reading this, we in Jefferson County will have completed our first two days of actual school this year. And whether that’s at the … more

Crummy contradictions create current consternation

Once upon a time, I wrote a piece about my dad in which I argued that great minds, like my father’s, were capable of maintaining seemingly contradictory beliefs. For instance, he was a classically … more

How sweet it sounds to use some grace nowadays

Sometimes, as a parent, you realize that you should have waited a few years to name your children. Like, in our case, we named our oldest Elizabeth; but, what became clear a few years later was that, … more

Current troubles not leading to a grand reveal

One of those favorite, old, go-to tropes that was often quoted to me as a youngster — lo, those many years ago — was “adversity builds character.” Any time something would go wrong, or … more

A jumble of July thoughts

In honor of actual professional baseball being played, this week’s column is going to go around the horn, a stream-of-consciousness attempt at writing that perfectly matches my natural tendency … more

Without compromise, no telling where we end up

One of my favorite sub-genres of fiction is alternative history. It’s a challenging concept, so you really only see it in science fiction. The newest incarnation of “Star Trek” comes to mind as … more

We can now all be in the room where it happens

My name is Michael J. Alcorn, I’m at your service, sir… “Let me tell you what I wish I had known, when I was young and dreamed of glory… You have no control, who lives, who dies, who tells … more

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
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