A Note to My Grandchildren

A Note to My Grandchildren

As I look back over my 70 years of life I see many highlights, some significant stumbles and very few regrets. Looking forward into the future — your future — I have one haunting fear: the state of the nation that my generation is leaving [...]

The Book has Been Published

The Book has Been Published

Dear friends, Imagine the America you want your children and grandchildren to inherit from your generation. Imagine an America that is fully living up to the principles enshrined in her founding documents: freedom, equality, justice and democracy. Imagine an American political system in which elected [...]

My City By The Bay

My City By The Bay

A few years ago my wife Kennon and I were sitting with a group of fellow pilgrims at an outdoor pub in Glendalough, Ireland. One of our colleagues posed this question, “If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?” The [...]

Rearranging Cultural Furniture

Rearranging Cultural Furniture

“Travel rearranges cultural furniture and wallops ethno-centric self- assurance.” Rick Steves, Travel as a Political Act It has been my privilege to have my cultural furniture rearranged several times since 1995. I’ve been immersed in different traditions and have in  engaged conversations with a variety [...]

Travels with Amos: Amish Barn-Raising in Maine

Travels with Amos: Amish Barn-Raising in Maine

Kennon, Amos and I are now moving south towards home. After climbing to the “roof” of Maine on Highway 11 on Thursday, we turned the corner onto Highway 1 Friday and drove out of the hills and potato fields to the sea. We entered Maine [...]

Questions from Abroad

Questions from Abroad

A group of public policy graduate students in Cambridge, England read my book and posed some thoughtful questions. On April 25 I will travel to Cambridge and have an opportunity to hear their insights and respond to their queries. Meanwhile, help me prepare by offering [...]

Questions of a Different Kind

Living on the outside margin of linear time is at once both decompressing and uplifting. Kennon and I are spending a week perched on this margin while I ponder questions about entering my eighth decade of life. We are in a small cabin across the [...]

Why Do We Accept Gun Violence as a Norm?

“Americans Are Safe from Gun Violence Except in Schools, Streets, Malls, Movie Theatres, Workplaces, Streets, Own Homes”––– Spoof headline by Andy Borowitz in The New Yorker Think about this: A one-year old child was shot when a bullet was fired into her home during a [...]

Codswallop and Nosh[i]

Codswallop and Nosh[i]

They didn’t cause the problem, but will pay the highest price The world’s impoverished nations are most at risk of devastation from the consequences of a warming climate, with Bangladesh and sub-Saharan Africa in extreme jeopardy. These economically strapped countries contributed very little to a [...]

Something is Out of Balance Here

Something is Out of Balance Here

Is America’s ever-increasing gap between the very rich and everyone else the “defining challenge of our time” as President Barack Obama proclaimed? Or (as some on the political right argue) is it a natural cycle of capitalism that will eventually lead to accelerated economic growth [...]

I Agree with Mitt Romney

I Agree with Mitt Romney

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was right on point when, in announcing Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, he said, “I happen to believe that this is a defining election for America; that we’re going to be voting for what kind of America we’re [...]

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