32 seconds

32 seconds

You can’t make a bed in 32 seconds. Or brush your teeth properly. Or French braid a ponytail. Or boil an egg. Or brew a cup of coffee. But, you can shoot 23 people and kill nine in that short time frame if you're armed with a fully loaded semi-automatic weapon. You can hold your [...]

A special need for common sense and decency

A special need for common sense and decency

I have covered and attended plenty of sporting events in my life, but I have never seen the level of sportsmanship I consistently find at Special Olympics competitions. The organization, which spans more than 170 countries and involves more than 5.3 million athletes, offers us all a simple but profound motto. “Let me win, but [...]

Wait a Second

Wait a Second

It is astonishing to me how many passionate supporters of the second amendment have never read it. Have you? “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Well regulated. They have been there all along, but, [...]

Civil dissonance

I have been thinking, lately, about music and how each note relies on the other. Even the first simple songs we teach our babies -- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, for instance -- require at least six notes, some whole, some half, with several quarters and eighths as well. Add a couple of chords and, depending [...]

Feeling the Bern and weighing the vote

Feeling the Bern and weighing the vote

If the worst parts about living in a battleground state are the phone calls and television commercials (and they ARE!), the best parts are the personal visits from the candidates themselves. Yesterday, Molly and her dad waited in line for more than three hours to hear what Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders had to say. [...]