Selfish and Self-Centered

“Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.”― Harry S. Truman Introduction As I sit down to write this piece, I am finally zen. Now, I understand if you are confused, as to why anything in this piece, should produce such a response. You see, when I made a roast chicken a … Continue reading Selfish and Self-Centered

Rule of Law

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse in any country. If it were, the laws would lose their effect, because it can always be pretended." Thomas Jefferson Introduction The quote by Thomas Jefferson, that starts off this piece, is rooted in a more ancient principle of Roman law. Roman law states,"ignorantia juris non excusat" or … Continue reading Rule of Law

Freedom

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.Eleanor Roosevelt Introduction I have been broken-hearted by the scenes on cable news over the last few months. … Continue reading Freedom

Christmas Time

Introduction Hunger. Homelessness. Unemployment. Sickness. Poverty. This is the grim reality that millions of Americans might face as I sit down to write this post. I admit I am one of the luckier ones and grateful to have more than enough. But we have witnessed a terrible reality, a few days after Christmas. A Time … Continue reading Christmas Time

A New Place, a New Life and Change

Introduction It was quite the experience, an experience unequalled. The changes came fast and furious.  The choice to face the changes were mine.  You can easily underestimate how adaptability is the prerogative of the young. I did.   After decades living under a shell, contained in an environment which lulled me into a sense of … Continue reading A New Place, a New Life and Change

With Thanksgiving

Introduction I have to tell you something. I know it is a little controversial to say this during Thanksgiving week, but here goes. Turkeys intimidate me. They confuse me. Turkeys are dry if not prepared the right way. They are large and I have struggled, wrestling with, prepping, seasoning, cooking and carving such large birds. … Continue reading With Thanksgiving

Democracy

"Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation." - Atifete Jahjaga Introduction Democracy. It is not a place. It is … Continue reading Democracy

Hypocrites and Hypocrisy

Definition and Meaning of Hypocrites Let's talk about hypocrites. You know who I mean. Pretenders. Fakes. You know that person who has made it his/her life's purpose to look good no matter what? People who never admit their faults because that might involve personal discomfort and may even involve some actual honesty in them? I … Continue reading Hypocrites and Hypocrisy