Cities and Travel

We returned last night from four days in New York City. The main purpose of this trip was to see the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But we were fortunate: dear friends from Chester County, Pennsylvania drove up to spend some time with us. On top of that, your grandmother and I saw some sights we’d never seen.

Our trip made me wonder why we don’t visit NYC more often. Continue reading

Increased Alienation and Desperation

This is perhaps the most disturbing graphic I’ve seen in a long time:

The CDC reported last week that:

  • Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in the U.S. in 2016.
  • Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of the states since 1999.

There’s something wrong in America. Sure, there’s plenty right, too. But when tens of thousands of our fellow Americans decide to take their own lives, then there’s definitely something seriously wrong.

I wouldn’t attempt to address the reasons for this tragedy in a blog post. There’s no way I could do it justice. So my comments will be personal. And only personal. Continue reading

America Has Lost Its Soul

“He trusts me and I trust him.” Donald Trump speaking about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

This comes on the heels of Mr. Trump slandering Canada’s prime minister (publicly calling him a liar) and one of Trump’s top aides saying there was a “special place in hell” for people like Mr. Trudeau.

As for the ruthless Korean dictator, Trump said the dictator was “very open and very honorable.” That’s just a taste of the praise heaped on Kim by Trump.

Of course, if you were born in North Korea, the dictator might look different to you. He rules with an iron fist. People aren’t free to travel and there’s no such thing as freedom of speech.

Many were allowed to starve to death during famines. Many are interned for political purposes and tortured. Executions are used for political purposes. In short, the man is a ruthless dictator who is hostile to every democratic principle embedded within the U.S. Constitution. Yet he’s the man our leader admires and adores. And the leaders of democratic nations receive Trump’s contempt and scorn.

This is the leader you elected, America.

America has lost its soul, and it’s far from certain it will ever be able to reclaim it.

P.S. Meanwhile, North Korea and China played Trump like a fiddle.

Piggy Bank B.S.

Our child-president proclaimed last week, “We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends.” Then he and his minions insulted the leader of our closest ally. One of his minions even went so far as to say “there was a special place in hell” for Prime Minister Trudeau. It seems this White House only has praise for dictators and tyrants. But back to the piggy bank. Continue reading

Broken by the World. Isn’t Everyone?

In A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway wrote, “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.”

Young people often fail to understand Hemingway’s words. But age tends to reveal that which was previously hidden. With age comes a realization that Hemingway was right.

For most of my life, I didn’t feel broken. But that changed. I won’t get into all the ways it changed here. Or when. Suffice it to say the world broke me. Continue reading