A Confluence of Books

More and more, people are becoming concerned about what is happening in our federal government. On Saturday, I met a man in a coffee shop reading the new book by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Fascism: A Warning. He had previously read A Higher Loyalty,...

Hatred and Revenge

Five detrimental, even dangerous, ramifications of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran have made the rounds of the news media outlets since Tuesday’s action: Iran will ramp up its production of nuclear weapons. A war could...

Just Between You and Me …

The English language, in the United States at least, is in free fall. Everywhere – in newspapers, periodicals, online stock market analyses, health reports, television news, you name it – usage mistakes have polluted the language at a rapid rate over the past, say,...

Georgia on my Mind

When I was a newspaper journalist, my editor once assigned me to do a feature story on some fitness fanatic who formed a business of training others to get the kind of buff body that he had. I was swamped with other duties, and had to put it aside; it wasn’t anything...

The Rotting Fish

Sherman Adams. For those who know something about American political history, or are old enough to remember, that name is synonymous with scandal. As President Dwight Eisenhower’s chief of staff, Adams accepted a gift of a llama’s-wool coat from a textile manufacturer...