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2018

  • 2018

    Telling yours and listening to others’ stories

    It seems we can’t get a break from carping, whining, and finger-pointing. Social-political angst. Many thrive on it. It’s an addiction, a drug flowing through their veins. A detox course would…

  • 2018

    Tis the season of giving

    It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.…

  • 2018

    The Power of Books

    In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the Wittenberg, Germany church door. Initially, the document didn’t make much of a splash. Luther wrote it, though, at the dawn of…

  • 2018

    Simplicity of giving thanks

    Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. The reason lies in its simplicity: The day is not laden with fervor. Rather, it is premised on a simple construct: Offering gratitude. My friend…

  • 2018

    By their fruits, ye shall know them

    Hate your neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace. “Eve of Destruction” – P. F. Sloan, sung by Barry McGuire From the gospels, we can glean a measure of what Jesus…

  • 2018

    Dehumanizing others

    In “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “In the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.” It’s from that…

  • 2018

    Trust, relationships, and civic virtue

    Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard states, “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.” Yes, we concur, but why is that so? What constitutes a good reputation? Ever had…

  • 2018

    Breathing the methane

    What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but rather open defiance. – Jason Stanley, “How Propaganda Works” The water in Georgetown was off this morning. A leak…

  • 2018

    What is justice?

    What is justice? I suppose we could probe Plato’s “Republic” for an answer, but that would be a bit much for an op-ed piece. Perhaps we can agree as a starting…

  • 2018

    A skeptical mind is a healthy mind

    What, me worry? – Alfred E. Neuman In Greek mythology, Cassandra was blessed by Apollo with the gift of prophecy. But when she spurned his advances, he laid a curse on…

  • 2018

    Filling the housing void

    Ain’t got no place to lay your head / Somebody came and took your bed / Don’t worry, be happy. – Bob Marley An array of issues confronts Clear Creek as…

  • 2018

    The roots of cognitive bias

    Part III of a six-part bi-weekly series on post-truth. The halfway point between truth and error is still error. – Lee McIntyre, “Post-Truth” When physical discomfort occurs, one generally takes steps…

  • 2018

    The attack on science

    Part II of a six-part, bi-weekly series on post-truth Skepticism, a philosophical school in ancient Greece, derives its name from skepsis, meaning investigation. Modern skepticism has evolved but retains the Greeks’…

  • 2018

    It’s all about telling great stories

    Part I of a bi-weekly six-part series Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? – John 18:38 KJV The truth is truth is on trial. The fact is facts are on trial.…