Your Smoke or My Smoke?

As an occasional cigar smoker, I have always been intrigued by the extreme reaction to smoking by mature adults. It seems that, on the one hand, we have vilified and demonized smoking in any form, while at the same time we have glorified and glamorized alcohol consumption and the use of cannibis. Just look at … Read more

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Are We Creating a “Digital Dust Bowl?”

I am reading John Steinbeck’s 1939 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Written at the height of the era of the “Dust Bowl” at the tail end of The Great Depression and the beginning of World War II in Europe, Steinbeck addresses the issue of migrant workers being evicted from their “property” and … Read more

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Genetic Code or Zip Code?

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” These words, spoken by Franklin Delano Roosevelt more than 75 years ago, ring true today. The question must be, why have we not heeded … Read more

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I thought I had seen it all…until today.

I have long been a keen observer, and often a critic, of Americans’ obsession (some would say addiction) with smartphones and social media. I am fascinated by this compelling sociological phenomenon; I find myself reading everything I can to understand it. I also find myself keenly alert to the phenomenon as I go through my … Read more

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1967: Summer of Love or Summer of Hate?

A report in the February 27, 2018 online U.S. News and World Report titled "Inequality Remains 50 Years After Kerner Report" is shocking, yet not surprising. That report 50 years ago was spurred by the massive extent of civil disobedience in America during the summer of 1967 when 157 cities went up in flames due … Read more

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