• We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately. -Benjamin Franklin, Freedom Fighter

  • We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Fighter

  • Let us be cautious in making assertions and critical in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms. -Rudolf Carnap, Philosopher

  • A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity. -Alfred North Whitehead, Philosopher

  • If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poet

  • Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. -Rumi, Mystic

  • If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes, Philosopher

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand. -Abraham Lincoln, President

  • Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einstein, Scientist

  • Be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi, Freedom Fighter

Independence Day 2020

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ~ Declaration of Independence.

The murder of George Floyd by a policeman in May has been the equivalent of a Richter 9.0 earthquake on the body politic.

Floyd’s murder is but one of several murders this year of Blacks by police — and vigilantes — that have shaken the body politic.

These murders — these quakes on the body politic — are on top of another major earthquake: The COVID-19 pandemic with its impact on our health and our economy.

And, as should not be surprising, the health and economic impact of COVID-19 has disproportionately fallen on Black and Brown people.

More quakes. Read more »

Martin Luther King Day, 2019

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Martin Luther Read more »

Thanksgiving, 2018

Chaos … Disorder. Turmoil. Disruption. Upheaval. As Thomas Friedman wrote in early-October: The nation is deeply divided, with each side seeing the other as ‘the enemy.’ … we’ve moved from “partisanship,” which still allowed for political compromises Read more »

Independence Day, 2018

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That Read more »

Memorial Day, 2018

That these dead shall not have died in vain… Rita and I are in Japan on holiday. When we arrived in Japan, everything and everyone seemed strange, forbidding. Ten days later, the strange has begun to seem Read more »

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