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Congratulations, America! We’ve made it through yet another election season. I hope that everyone found something in the recent results to be happy about, whether locally or nationally. I … more
(Screwdisk is executive vice president for sales and acquisitions for HellCorp North America. Scumbucket is his nephew. The inspiration comes from CS Lewis’s “The Screwtape … more
The recent kerfuffle now known as “Sharpiegate”—in which Donald Trump (or one of his staffers) clumsily edited a hurricane forecast map to include the possibility that Dorian could … more
In his memoir “Woodstock Nation,” Abbie Hoffman paints a telling portrait of himself at the festival’s end, staggering aimlessly around the deserted, trash-strewn field, stoned out … more
While I was growing up in the south in the ‘60s, and discriminatory “Jim Crow” practices were slowly being dismantled, I would frequently see signs at restaurants and gas stations … more
I want to focus on, and draw some connections between, a few recent and upcoming dates. Sunday, June 16, was of course Father’s Day. I hope you were able to celebrate it in a fulfilling way. … more
Last time, you may recall, I talked a bit about Mississippi’s Rep. Noah Sweat and his famous “If By Whiskey” speech. The inspiration for that column came after some online … more
A friend of mine recently turned me on to an interesting book by William Bridges, called “The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments.” Bridges, a well-known … more
First of all, dear reader, let me say: congratulate yourself. This wasn’t an easy year to get through, and you’ve (just about) gotten through it. Next year, well, that will have its own … more
In the past few months, I’ve been trying to make the case that American society in the age of Trump functions very much like an addict—an addict that will soon be confronted with an … more
Next time you’re in Honesdale, PA, give yourself a treat and drive (or walk!) up to Irving Cliff. It’s an ideal spot for a family picnic or a romantic moment, and the view it provides of … more
Besides the Lord’s Prayer itself, this might well be the most well-known of prayers: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,  courage to change the things I … more
If we can speak of such a thing as an American “national psyche,” then I don’t think anyone—right, left or center—would even try to pretend that ours is in any sense … more
I don’t understand Facebook’s algorithms—you know, those little subroutines that determine which posts (and which ads) are displayed for you and me at any given moment. But every … more
I don’t mind telling you: back in January, when I got back to America from my yearlong sojourn to Europe, I was a mess, in many different ways.  Fortunately, I had three things going for … more
In 2011, I submitted a joke to the public radio show “Prairie Home Companion” for inclusion in the annual “Joke Show,” and it got in! (A small claim to fame, perhaps, but … more
“That is the question.” — Shakespeare, “Hamlet” On April 5, I attended a very moving event at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA: an open mic benefit for an organization … more
“Look at me man, I’m in danger…” — David Bowie, “Lazarus” It starts with just a flicker. You’re in your warm house; you’re sipping your coffee, … more
I was very pleased by the response to last month’s column about the potential power of love to transcend nationality and ease intercultural tensions. Hopefully it struck a chord. It became … more
I was 40,000 or so feet above the North Atlantic a few days ago, on my way back to the States after nearly a year away. I was speaking with my seatmate, a young German grad student in economics, who … more
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