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So the holidays have come and gone; I hope yours were joyful and fulfilling. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall hearing much noise this year about the traditional Christmas star display over … 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
“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
(“Peace and Justice Files” columnist Skip Mendler left the United States on January 19, and is headed toward the Eastern Mediterranean to help with refugee assistance. He’s making a … 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
[“Peace and Justice Files” columnist Skip Mendler fled the United States on January 19, and has spent the last couple of months volunteering with a small refugee assistance group in … more
[Peace and Justice Files columnist Skip Mendler left the United States on January 19, and is headed toward the Eastern Mediterranean to help with refugee assistance. He’s making a few stops … 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
On Friday, April 4, 1952, a 29-year-old Mississippi state representative named Noah Sweat delivered a speech at a dinner banquet for his fellow legislators. He was nearing the end of his only term in … more
Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it? I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We … 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
[“Peace and Justice Files” columnist Skip Mendler left the United States on January 19, and is headed toward the Eastern Mediterranean to help with refugee assistance. He’s making a … 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
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
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
[Peace and Justice Files columnist Skip Mendler left the United States on January 19, and is headed toward the Eastern Mediterranean to help with refugee assistance. He’s making a few stops … 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
It’s not often that a rock song nails a deep philosophical truth in a single pithy lyric, but that’s just what the band Semisonic did back in 1998, with its anthemic hit “Closing … 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
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