Gift exchange is a part of many traditions celebrated during the winter, hence this is the time of year when we start putting a lot of energy into buying gifts. Usually we are baying for our close families and close friends. Sometimes we get things for extended families and acquaintances as well. Those with the … More ‘Tis the Season – to Volunteer!
Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. It wouldn’t become a national holiday until 1938. Veterans Day in its current incarnation is meant primarily to celebrate living former service members. Memorial Day emphasizes the fallen, and Armed Forces Day emphasizes those currently serving. Veterans Day is also a … More Veterans Day
On Puerto Rico, I’ll leave political punditry to the professionals. (After yesterday’s #unpresidented comments, I just can’t find the energy or words to respond.) However, they still need help. Last week PBS published an article with links to organizations that are providing aid, and through which we can assist (if we’re not physically able to … More Peurto Rico Assistance
It has been 16 years since the towers fell, the Pentagon was damaged, and Flight 93 crashed en route to a fourth target. It has been nearly as long since the US first invaded Afghanistan, where US (and multinational) troops continue to fight. The attacks carried significant emotional weight for the collective US psyche, … More 16th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US
Should we be fearful of this new North Korean capability? What is the US’s response to this threat? … More The only thing to fear is fear itself from North Korea.
Does North Korea act in a rational or irrational manner? What would Kenneth Waltz say? … More North Korea: Rational or Irrational actor?
If you have the opportunity to stay home to celebrate the birth of the USA tomorrow (assuming you are a US citizen and give a hoot about July 4th), please be sure to enjoy yourself safely. Here’s a handy safety reference, pilfered from the interwebs: Fireworks injuries are no joke. For example, someone in my … More Happy 4th of July!!
News agency CNN retracted a story on Friday, and subsequently accepted the resignations of three employees associated with its publication. The POTUS jumped on the opportunity to point out the errant reporting as evidence that CNN publishes “fake news,” as he has been claiming since co-opting the term. So, is this fake news? Does this … More The Difference between CNN and Fake News
I’d like to share some eloquent words about fatherhood and the significance of fathers to their families. So I’ll borrow words from people far more eloquent than me. Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of … More Father’s Day 2017
Memorial Day has been around since the close of the Civil War (originally called Decoration Day). It has been a federal holiday since 1971, and is meant to honor those who died serving in the US military. Every year I observe some of what has been colloquially referred to as “Barbecue Shaming,” where we are … More Memorial Day