BLOGS


  • Anger And Trolls In America The only way to stay sane these days is to avoid the news as much as possible. Seeing the dark forces being in power is a scary thing, but the last thing I will do is to let fear and frustration overwhelm or paralyze me. “Be angry” I told my daughter when she was sad ...
  • Obama Promoted Racial Harmony Race relations are the worst they have ever been in America, a number of my white friends tell me. I have also heard radio and TV shows blame it all on the eight years of Obama’s presidency. “He has been the most divisive President ever,” they say. My opinion is the reverse. I am mystified. ...
  • The TPP is dead: Time to transform the food system Donald Trump just killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The United States was to be the largest partner in a treaty that attempted to bring 40{8883afff3f996f915e4087502a0d4bc0cab7d523e6eee37ef51ae9a6c529a071} of the world’s economy into one trading region. The decision is huge. The silence is deafening. During the presidential campaign it began to dawn on politicians and mainstream media that ...
  • The Evolution of Ricky Rebel: From 90’s Boy Band Star to Bisexual Glam Rocker Photo by Irvin Rivera It’s rare in life, and even rarer in the music industry, for someone to pull off a transformation. Whether that transformation is physical, emotional, or otherwise, fear tends to keep people from breaking free of their identities. For some artists, the transformation would be accompanied by screeds lauding their bravery, or tales ...
  • The Bachelor Episode 7: Nick Cries All The Time We open in St. Thomas with Nick’s poorly explained existential crisis, in which he doubts that the whole show will work out because he sent Danielle home.  The women worry that he’s going to throw in the towel, and he talks to Chris Harrison about his doubt and ambivalence. Come on, does anyone expect us ...
  • Trump And Voting: From Bad To Worse What could be worse than the U.S. president spreading lies and conspiracy theories about voting fraud to make himself feel better about losing the popular vote by millions? Unfortunately, that’s no longer a rhetorical question. After repeating the groundless claim that millions of people illegally voted for Hillary Clinton, Trump recently announced that his administration will ...
  • The Agile Mindset: Learning for the Future This blog is the second of a five-part series looking at how the Agile Mindset at Becker College prepares students for jobs that do not yet exist. The first entry in this collection provided an overview of the college’s affirmation of the Agile Mindset as the academic foundation that equips students to navigate change and ...
  • Archaeology and the Bible: Three Discoveries Most often, we hear about how the archaeological record is in conflict with what’s written in the Bible. Sometimes, however, an object or inscription makes us think twice. Here are three archaeological discoveries that seem to be in agreement with the Biblical account. What do you think? 1. An Ancient Toilet at Tel Lachish During recent excavations ...
  • After Another Excused Chicago Police Killing, It’s Time To Trash Their Contract It is possible that you may have missed the announcement last week that the Chicago police officer who killed 55-year-old Bettie Jones and 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, will not have any charges pressed against him. The day after Christmas last year, police were called to the building where Bettie Jones lived. Quintonio LeGrier was apparently very upset ...
  • Top 10 Countries for Finding Romance Have you ever dreamed of moving to an exotic locale and bumping into a handsome stranger with a charming foreign accent? Let’s be honest — we all have. If you are wondering where you would have the best chance at an international love affair, look no further. InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who ...
  • A Short History of Walls Dear Mr. President, I hear you don’t read much, so I’ll keep this short and simple. Walls to keep people out are expensive and not very effective. History is littered with failed examples. I learned about the Maginot Line in junior high history – and it’s stuck with me. The French went to great expense to ...
  • Autism And Police: My Plan To Protect My Driving-Age Son (And Yours) The nightmare ends the same way every time: I drive up on my house and see police cars with lights on. Policemen with guns drawn. I see a young man in a red hoodie lying face down. Bleeding. Shot. I approach the person on the ground ― cops yell to stop, but I push past ...
  • Something New for Bedtime Tells these Children “You are Special” Sometimes people ask me why all of our pajamas are new. Here’s why: besides the basic hygiene issue, there is something wonderful about brand new pajamas – they provide a sense of comfort and the joy of wearing something fresh, entirely your own. There’s no feeling in the world like taking off the clothes you’ve ...
  • To Push or Not to Push: How to Help Your Child Deal with the Inevitable Stresses of Life McLean Hospital Guest Blogger Kathryn D. Boger, PhD, ABPP Some kids acclimate quickly to new situations. They express excitement about meeting their new classmates at the start of the school year, jump right into the mix at birthday parties, and easily adapt if and when their regular routine is disrupted. For other kids, change is challenging. If ...
  • How Will Native Tribes Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in Court? By Monte Mills, The University of Montana On Feb. 8 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed course and issued an easement allowing the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. That decision followed a presidential memorandum indicating that construction and operation of the pipeline would be in the “national interest,” ...
  • Identity Theft Takes a New Turn If you think your finances are safer now that you use a chip card, think again. The latest Javelin Identity Fraud Study reports the number of identity fraud victims increased by 16 percent in 2016 to more than 15 million consumers. And the amount the thieves took grew by $1 billion to more than $16 ...
  • Leadership, Gender, and Grit: An Interview with Daina Middleton Sheryl Sandberg may have started a national conversation with Lean In, but she was hardly the first person to notice gender inequalities in the workplace. Many if not most of us with experience in the corporate world have seen the pernicious double standard play out at one point or another. From a New York Times‘ piece ...
  • Welcome Back, William Inge By Helaine Feldman, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 15, 2017 Although he won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama along with many other awards, had five plays produced on Broadway during the 1950s–which were later successfully adapted for the screen, William Inge remains largely underappreciated. But happily, not by Off-Broadway’s Transport Group. This award-winning theatre company is presenting two ...
  • Ready to Be Heard Our smartphones have this funny little emoticon that shrugs its shoulders: “Who knows?” or an apathetic “What are you gonna do?” An image perfect for the times, right? Forget it. Instead, we need an emoticon that throws its shoulders back, thrusts its chest and chin forward, and declares, “We can get through this.” These are uncertain times ...
  • What I Learned From ‘Gender Revolution’ “It’s hard to hate up close.”  ― Dr. Oz I have spent the last several months immersed in a documentary for National Geographic called “Gender Revolution.” The entire process was life-changing and mind-altering for me and hopefully for others who watch. The impetus for making the film was simple: I screwed up.   When I hosted a ...