I’m a little tired of this. I’m guessing you are, too. We’re living in very strange times. I’ll have more to say about that – from a big picture perspective – soon. But for now, let’s stay focused. There have been eight school shootings so far in 2018. Taking out weekends, when they don’t happen, … Continue reading Second Chances
Gun control (I refuse to use the politically expedient phrase “gun violence” – we should call a spade a spade) has been much in the news lately. One branch of the story is that gun sales rose dramatically - by 200-300% - after the Sandy Hook massacre. I would have expected people to recoil in … Continue reading More Guns. And Witches.
I had little new to say yesterday regarding the Newtown shooting, including my last statement, which was that we should keep guns out of the hands of crazy people. Not surprisingly, there is a ton of discussion going on now about the gun side of the equation. But not much is being said about the … Continue reading Newtown 2 – The Mental Health Side of the Coin
I hadn’t planned to write about this, but a friend asked me to, so I will. As a college English major, I learned about the difference between tragedy, in which some noble flaw works against the protagonist, and disaster, where no such flaw exists and events are simply horrific. This is disaster, unmitigated and writ … Continue reading Newtown
OK, I’m not even going to try to apologize for the short interval between my last post and this one. A few quick thoughts, one that I should have included in my last post, one that’s an update on an item mentioned there, and one that’s new. Should have mentioned last time: One of the … Continue reading 2.5 More Random Thoughts
OK, I know I promised that I wouldn't post more than once a week. I'm far too polite to say "Bite me." I had these thoughts rattling around in my head, and they had to go somewhere. Harvard on pleasure centers Every week, I get an email newsletter called HBS Working Knowledge from my graduate … Continue reading Random Thoughts – From Pleasure Centers to (Wannabe) Presidents
A couple of weekends ago, my friend Tim Padgett took me out to shoot sporting clays. This is roughly a cross between skeet shooting and golf. You walk through the woods and stop at 14 stations, each of which has two hidden trap machines that toss clay targets in the air. You get three or … Continue reading Sacred Texts and Shotguns