BLOGS


  • Marching In Topeka: Grief, Disbelief And Action In A Red State I went to bed past midnight on election night, after witnessing the shocking development that Donald Trump would win the electoral vote. Our college sophomore son texted us at 1:30 a.m. that Trump had indeed bagged the Electoral College. Sometime in the wee hours I dreamt I was comforting Hillary Clinton, who was, naturally, dressed in ...
  • Donald Trump’s Mission Creep Just Took A Great Leap Forward The smell of a coup hung over the White House this past weekend, like the odor of gunpowder after fireworks on the Fourth of July. In these first few days of the Trump administration we have witnessed a series of executive orders and other pronouncements that fly in the face of the republic’s most fundamental values. ...
  • Exaggerating the value of wetlands for natural disaster mitigation is a risky business Globally the frequency of natural disasters has more than doubled over the past 35 years. CGIAR/Challenge food and water programme, Author provided Matthew McCartney, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and Max Finlayson, Charles Sturt University As climate change increases the frequency and severity and heightens the risks​of many natural hazards, the role of wetlands in disaster ...
  • Mangroves and marshes key in the climate change battle With the advent of green technologies, it is easy to view the battle against climate change as one for the tech world. A lesser-known but increasingly recognised solution lies in nature. According to a new scientific paper, the wetland ecosystems lying along the coasts of our oceans are particularly good at sequestering and storing carbon ...
  • Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking – Part 20: Athenian Prisoners Reciting Euripides Set Free The Greek Way, Chapter 6, Question 5: What is the point of the introductory story? The evening before battle, Pericles, Athenian statesman and military commander-in-chief, and his second-in-command fall into a literary discussion about the appropriateness of certain color-adjectives in describing an object, whereupon they cite various poets whose quotations illustrate their respective viewpoints. The ...
  • Thou Shalt Bake Cakes For The Gays I have combed through the Bible many times, as a Christian youth and later as a gay man looking to reconcile his sexuality with his faith. I have scanned every passage, reviewed every sin, from Genesis to Revelation. In all that reading over all those years, I have yet to find a commandment forbidding the baking ...
  • Boys Get Their Periods Too? Unfortunately. As a transgender man being a couple years on hormones, I thought I would never see a period again. I was wrong. Friday I noticed bleeding and turns out the monster had returned after not making an appearance for at least two years. I got in contact with my doctor and she mentioned it could ...
  • Jack the Radio celebrates 5th anniversary with video release, Trophy Brewing Co. Baltic Porter on Groundhog Day Jack the Radio is teaming up with Raleigh’s Trophy Brewing Company for a “Pretty Money” release party to celebrate the fifth year-plus anniversary of Jack the Radio’s debut album of the same name. The indie, roots rockers’ free event is set for 6 to 10 p.m. at Trophy on Maywood, 656 Maywood Ave., on Thursday, Feb. ...
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities Embraces Design Thinking Later this month, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)) meeting (February 23-25) in Phoenix will convene its General Education and Assessment Conference. The focus: “Design Thinking for Student Learning.” But what is design thinking and why now is it so important? According to AACU, “General education sits at the intersection of an array of demands ...
  • Aisle View: Charismatic Clown (with Ghastly Secret) Ed Dixon in Georgie Photo: Carol Rosegg When devising a one-man play about show biz, it is understandably helpful to choose a famously crusty, famously crotchety, famously charming scene stealer as your subject. Ed Dixon–himself one of those weathered show biz types who has gone from chorus boy to character man, while also ...
  • The Blame Game So, I had an epiphany today. Last week was the start of another semester of my Organizational Behavior course at a local Business School. And of course, I didn’t start to really prepare for the course until a few days before it began because…well, I have taught it before and I’m used to the sequence ...
  • One Woman’s Lawsuit May Determine Legal Rights For Millions of Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women Eryon Luke, a certified nursing assistant from Louisiana, was fired from her job in 2012 after becoming pregnant with twins. Today, her legal case may determine how other pregnant and breastfeeding women are treated in the workplace. When she became pregnant, Eryon wanted to continue working and, like most people, needed her job. Her doctor ...
  • What if just 3 Senators switched from R to D? Remember this? (even 2 switching wd help) In the late afternoon of May 22, 2001 an apocalyptic-looking set of thunderstorms rolled across the National Mall, with bolts of lightning striking just outside the Capitol dome. Inside the Senate chamber, an even bigger storm was brewing — James Jeffords, the venerable patrician Senator from Vermont, had informed ...
  • Sean Spicer’s “Ban” Ban Didn’t Last Long If it weren’t such a serious subject, the irony would be downright hilarious. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried his hand at being politically correct. Why he did so is a mystery known only to the inner workings of the Trump administration, but the eventual outcome was nothing short of utter failure ― ...
  • Li Keqiang’s Status Likely to Change with Xi’s Victory in Power Struggle By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang may not retain his position as the Communist Party’s No. 2 soon. There is a persistent rumor that Li will step down from his position as Premier at the 13th National People’s Congress in March 2018 and move to chairman of the Standing Committee ...
  • People Like Choices But Not Too Many Good marketing follows certain universal truths. To succeed in an increasingly skeptical and fragmented marketplace, therefore, it behooves marketers to learn and apply these universal truths to marketing their products. One of the most important “truths” is the “power of three.” Earth’s location in our solar system Most of us learned in science class that the earth ...
  • 12 Ways To Make Matrix Organizations More Effective The fundamental difference between effective and less effective matrix organizations is whether the tension between different perspectives is creative or destructive. While various processes, systems and tools can help, what matters most is what top leadership says and does and how that flows through the organization in shared targets, clear accountabilities, live team interactions and ...
  • South Dakota GOP Repeals Anti-Corruption Pact Passed By Voters Today, the GOP-led South Dakota legislators completed a brazen plot to use emergency powers to repeal a landmark Anti-Corruption Act passed into law by voter referendum less than three months ago. If you’re one of countless Americans fretting over our decaying democratic institutions, buckle up for another story of politicians hitting new lows. South Dakota ...
  • Dog Rescue Flight Saves Many. Will Make You Feel Good. We teamed up again with Mike Malaro with Flying Mutts Rescue and transported 11 dogs this past weekend from rescues in North and South Carolina to rescues in Rhode Island. Mike first contacted us about transporting Dutchess and her 6 week old puppies about 2 weeks ago. Due to weather we were unable to transport them ...
  • ‘I Grew Up In A Judgmental Household, And Now It’s Hard For Me To Empathize With Others’ Reader No Empathy writes, How do you make empathy stick? For background, I grew up with super judgmental parents. Anyone who had a different religious background than us, listened to different genres of music, spoke a different language, or wanted to retire at a different age was an idiot, stupid, or a badly-educated lowlife no better ...