Category: Short & Sweet

An Opinion You Can Trust

The most irksome problem with the Blogosphere is that everybody is a critic, which is cool for everybody but troubling for everybody else. Without institutional authority — a newspaper, a university, a trade group — to certify who should be listened to and respected and who should be dismissed and neglected, discerning the wheat from...

Doers

What the world needs now, aside from love, sweet love, is doers: People who, like everyone else, enjoy talking about big plans and brilliant ideas; people who, unlike everyone else, aren’t content to merely talk about big plans and brilliant ideas, but feel compelled to act. Such folks are rarer than you might imagine. It...

Poem: Flying

Explain if you’re able to a little girl no older than you were when you discovered that pets don’t live forever (or grandmas, or daddies) that no one will die tonight in this speeding metal tube filled with people who don’t look or smell or sound like her family but who, like her family, have...

What Would Happen If…

What would happen if everyone who owns American homes — urban, suburban, or otherwise — converted their lush lawns into vegetable gardens?  What would happen if every American family became a one-automobile unit and committed to using bicycles and public transportation except when carpooling? What would happen if the majority of Americans walked everywhere except...

Memorial Day

Let’s resolve to treat this annual national holiday as something more than a convenient excuse to extend the weekend to three days. Let’s remember, in memorium, as the name suggests. Let’s not, however, confuse victims with heroes, or job-seekers with patriots. Let us simply say that millions of our brothers and sisters have come and...

Philosophical Paradox

The armed security guard protecting the front gate of the posh condominium community fingers his automatic rifle and ponders his job. He wonders, though the urge to bansih reflection is strong, whether it has occured to those who have everything that the menial wages they pay to protect their property, their family, and all that...

Holiday Wishes

With historic changes afoot in the coming year, we have much to look forward to. Let’s pray, my friends, that goodness is around the corner for all of us — including folks we might not know. Life may not be consistently beautiful and sublime, but it is always a blessing, and we are fortunate to...

Poem: Six Fortune Cookies for the Zeitgeist

Have some more. Gluttony will make you too big to fail.  Do not despise the two-faced charlatan. Business is business. He who has a wife is rich. He who has many wives is very rich. It is easier to take offense than to listen carefully. It is more difficult to forgive than to be wounded....

Ella Konik: 1993-2008

Ella Guinevere Konik died peacefully last night at home in her bed, surrounded by family. She was close to 15 1/2.  Frank Sinatra once told an interviewer, “They say you only live once. But if you have a life like mine, once is enough.” Ella’s time on Earth was like that. A white-lab and greyhound...