It doesn’t all come down to money

The one quote by Mao Zedong that every American seems to know is this one, from 1938: “Political power grows from the barrel of a gun.”¬† A couple instances over the past week reminded me of this line. The more recent one was something Jeff Daniel’s...
The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

If you were to observe spirituality as a theme in my life, the intensity of the attention I put toward it would look something like an electrocardiogram: A wobble, a relatively short burst of energy and insight, followed by a longer period of integration and/or...

What are the limits? A guide to better decisions

I logged about 12 years as a newspaper editor of one sort or another, with roughly seven of those years spent as a city editor. City editors typically supervise the largest staff of reporters and editors in the newsroom, which means you have to develop functional...

Life during Armageddon

I’ve become a man of unreasonable beliefs. For instance: My computer automatically reset its clock this morning at 2 a.m., and the sunrise came an hour later. I consider this is an omen portending doom for civilization. That’s because I consider the...

Brazile pulls pin, tosses grenade

The excerpt from Donna Brazile’s new book published in Politico this morning isn’t getting big headlines on the major news sites yet. Yet. But Brazile’s account of what she found when she replaced Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as the head of the...

Sex, violence, power — and clues from the erotic

Before the spread of Catholicism and the institutionalization of sexual shame and holy matrimony in the West, the erotic element of patriarchal power was explicit across early civilizations. For Gilgamesh, who reigned over Sumeria roughly 4,000 years ago, being king...
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