missing it

she turns away again and he retreats she calls and he can't talk she asks and he doesn't hear he gestures but she doesn't see he offers but she is distracted he speaks but the wind carries his words away they love by different means each gives but neither receive both stay because both believe... Continue Reading →

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I didn't wear parachute pants in the 80's. I honestly cannot take too much credit for that, because the reason I didn't was because my parents (mostly mom) simply would not tolerate her son looking that dumb. I did have a mullet in high school and I did cinch and roll up the hem of... Continue Reading →

the values of a Nation

I closed my last essay with questions: Who is the Nation? Who are the detractors? What values promote freedom? I said I would get to that in the next installment, and here we are. First of all, who's throwing gauntlets around, and what does that mean anyway? A gauntlet was, and is, a glove with... Continue Reading →

city of patriots

I just returned from a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I saw more than one sign referring to the city as "The City of Patriots." That made me think. pa·tri·ot  ˈpātrēət/  noun 1. a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. 2.a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government Many men these days claim... Continue Reading →

just wait, it’ll get better . . .

From Juvenile Law (CASA) conference in Boston: Facts - Statistic 1. Every time a child changes schools, he/she regresses approximately 6 months. Statistic 2.  There is a disproportionate number of children of color in the foster care and delinquency system. Statistic 3.  Children of color are generally detained longer after being taken into state custody,... Continue Reading →

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