Grandfather, educator, businessperson, writing to understand our world and to make it a better place
Morris Meadow — A Savory Memory
I dream of Morris Meadow nestled in the Trinity Alps. Now I can only visit in my mind. My legs are too worn to carry me eight miles up the switchback trail. But, before that trail gets steep and arduous, it meanders along the Stuart Fork of the Trinity River. The Stuart Fork is a fast-flowing snow-melt. I always stopped to plunge off its rocky ledge, always twice, once to refresh my body and once to fix the icy embrace in mind for the hot, dry trail ahead.
How Has Your Life Turned Out So Far?
When I read the plethora of articles about life and work it seems success is primarily measured in dollars. There seem to be countless articles admonishing people to quit the drudgery of their day jobs that apparently are the only thing holding them back from fame and fortune. I think that in the end, dollars make up only a tiny fraction of one's success in life.
"Hey Mom, I'm Going to a Riot with My AR-15, OK?"
Technically, Kyle Rittenhouse, in the strictest definition of self-defense, was acquitted of all charges. So what? What was he doing there in the first place?
Free Speech or the Right to Bear Arms
Are you willing to speak up and stand your ground in the face of armed opposition? Someone toting an AR-15 might become alarmed by your words, feel threatened and decide to protect themselves — at your expense.
What Grew Faster than the National Debt?
The MAGA catchphrase demands we look back to a time when America was great. There was a time when America had a thriving middle class. It was a time before we suffered from stifling inequality, a time when the national debt grew modestly. It was a time as a nation we sent a man to the moon. As a nation, we defeated Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. We made great strides in science and technology that laid the foundation for the digital age.
How Has Your Parenting Stacked Up to Your Parent’s Effort?
I heard that sentence often until I left home to strike out on my own. My dad was full of sayings. “If I can’t teach you, trouble will teach you.” “You’ve made your bed, and now you’ve got to lie in it.”
Rittenhouse: Fools Rush In, and That’s OK
I suppose it’s good to know if your underage son or daughter procures a weapon, seeks out trouble in a nearby town, kills two people, and wounds a paramedic, all will be forgiven — self-defense.
Are We Failing Our Kids?
I'll never forget what an old English professor said while discussing the state of education in the US. “Remember we are the only country in the world that has attempted to prepare all of our youth for higher education.”