Perspectives

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New Words For An Old Dictionary

Apr 4, 2018

The start of a new year is always accompanied by a flurry of lists touting the words that were most popular. What no one seems to mention is the need to create an updated version of Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary.

A Re-Imagining Of The Dream

Apr 3, 2018

Fifty years ago tomorrow, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, my hometown. I lived in white suburbia -- immune from, and to a great extent uneducated about, the strife suffered by the people he represented.

I was a sophomore in high school – the age of some of the students gunned down in Parkland, Florida. As I reflect on my teenage years, I stand in awe of those student survivors and believe their response evokes Reverend King’s message of non-violent protest and action.

Where Will You Land In This Moment?

Apr 2, 2018

Transformational moments always see those who will be on the right side of history and those who will land on the wrong side.

Those who land on that wrong side do so because they are often beholden to misguided social or economic forces. And those forces can be compellingly strong.

Who's Watching Who These Days?

Mar 30, 2018

The privacy boogie man typically has been big government. Since George Orwell penned 1984, it is the prying eyes of Big Brother that have been seen as the enemy of the people.

But that might be changing. I am less worried about Big Brother and more concerned with all the little brothers to whom we now surrender our private information for supposedly free services. Case in point: Facebook.

Brightening The Ides Of March

Mar 29, 2018

“Beware the Ides of March!”

William Shakespeare penned this line in his play, “Julius Caesar.”

It was an ominous warning voiced by a soothsayer to Julius Caesar before he made his way to the Roman Senate on March 15, 44 BC, where he met his death by assassination. It was carried out by angry senators who felt Caesar was amassing too much power in the Roman Republic. But in history, it marks the shift from the Republic to the start of Roman empire-building.

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