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  • THE ROLE OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

    “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination   This week, amidst great… Read More ›

  • ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END

    “One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” ― Oprah Winfrey   The 2021 version of the Tennessee General Assembly is slowly coming to a close. But whether it… Read More ›

  • THE NEW ABNORMAL HAS IT’S PLUSSES

    “The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows” ― Stephen King Clipping the leash to the dog, I check that I have the necessary plastic bag in my pocket. Once verified, I… Read More ›

  • A RACE TO NOWHERE, WITH NO GUARANTEED WINNERS

    “the city’s ills were supposed to disappear.” ― Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain   Back when I wore a younger man’s clothes, I drank the elixir of the protestant work ethic by the case. I was sold on the idea that… Read More ›

  • WHO DO WE WANT THEM TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP?

    “The time has arrived when patience becomes a crime and mayhem appears garbed in a manner of virtue” ― Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes   I’m going to let you in on a little secret this morning. For… Read More ›

  • A CORE PROBLEM

    “Our values are the same. We disagree on policy, but we don’t disagree on humanity, we don’t disagree about love and compassion. I think that’s true for all of us — it’s just that we get lost in our fear of… Read More ›

  • A QUESTION ON NUANCE

    “A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result.” ― Thomas Edison   “When are you getting your vaccination shot?” My wife asked early last week. “I don’t know. Sometime soon.” “Why haven’t you already gotten… Read More ›

  • TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville   These days I perpetually find myself questioning which will prove more destructive to America, the… Read More ›

  • IGNORANCE OR INTENTION

    “A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death – the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged.” ― Czeslaw Milosz   Most people enter… Read More ›

  • IT IS NEVER AS INNOCUOUS AS IT APPEARS UPON FIRST BLUSH

    “What was educationally significant and hard to measure has been replaced by what is educationally insignificant and easy to measure. So now we measure how well we taught what isn’t worth learning.” —Arthur L. Costa; Professor of Education, Emeritus; CA… Read More ›