I am Officially ‘Pasture-ized’

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY This old horse is now officially out to pasture. Hooray! After 31 years, I went off payroll at the City of Cleveland effective 12:01 this morning. This presumably ends a total 37-year career in the field of neighborhood community development. Before starting work at City Hall in the Department of Community Development, … Continue reading I am Officially ‘Pasture-ized’

Season of Faith & Celebration

Merry Christmas! to my Christian friends and those who follow Santa. Happy Holidays! to everyone else. The greeting "Happy Holidays," as cheerful and simple as it is, has stirred impassioned controversy — despite the fact there's also New Years Day too, a whole second holiday. It seems appropriate to wish happiness on both holidays, right? … Continue reading Season of Faith & Celebration

A Friend Wrote…

◼︎GUEST AUTHOR: Anonymous I'm inspired to share this post that a friend placed on Facebook this week. Exhibit A: Trump lectures Elijah Cummings on the fact that the Democratic Party machine in Baltimore has been stealing, double-dipping and wasting federal aid for decades, which any worker, especially any worker who is Black, would nod their … Continue reading A Friend Wrote…

The Mueller Report: A Photo Essay

◼︎GUEST AUTHOR: ◻︎DR. ROBERT ANDRÉ LAFLEUR Introduction Today I welcome friend and guest author Dr. Robert André LaFleur. He has read and thoroughly dissected the full Mueller Report. Two nights ago he posted his impressions on Facebook in a kind of photo-essay format. His presentation is unusual and very engaging. He was kind enough to … Continue reading The Mueller Report: A Photo Essay

The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin

When we hear the words "reaction" and "reactionary" we usually think of the rightwing. More and more, in our angry and polarized environment these days, the liberal left is falling into this same behavior. I wrote about this in January when I analyzed the Lincoln Memorial confrontation between Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann and … Continue reading The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin

A Teaching Moment

There's a teaching moment in all the uproar over events at the Lincoln Memorial a week ago Friday. But what is it? The privilege and racism of white suburban Catholic boys? Trump-inspired disrespect of Native Americans and indigenous cultures? Confrontation and suppression of Free Speech? The polarization of politics? The power and danger of social … Continue reading A Teaching Moment

Single-Payer Healthcare

President Trump wrote an op-ed column in USA Today this morning. I certainly didn't expect this — and he even used words like "eviscerate." I'm impressed! Regardless who really wrote the column, the piece attacked 'Medicare for All,' a proposal put forward by Bernie Sanders and apparently endorsed by 123 Democrats in the House (H.R.676) … Continue reading Single-Payer Healthcare

Talking about Talking about Trump

I want to circle back to the event that led me to revive this blog sooner than I had otherwise planned. Trump is controversial. On this, if nothing else, I think we can all agree. I think everyone knows there's lots of disagreement about Trump — really passionate disagreement. And this is totally OK. What's not … Continue reading Talking about Talking about Trump