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At a small group event this week, someone commented to my wife that they thought the coronavirus would draw people together. Instead, they said it has driven us apart. One of the remarkable … more
Back in Civics 101, we learned that our American revolution and our experiment in democracy was founded on a then untested idea: citizen voting. The Athenians had tried it on a small scale, my … more
Over the past two months, the nation has engaged in unprecedented shutdowns in an effort to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. After many weeks of economically crippling restrictions and stay-at-home … more
My stint as a tightrope walker lasted a single day, but it’s a day I’ve never forgotten. For Powell kids, the Kindergarten Circus is an exciting, culminating event of the first year of … more
I’m not one to conjecture when the end is near; I’ve been rapture-victimized too many times. The projected date comes and goes, leaving me feeling foolish for my last-minute prep. In the … more
In these uncertain times …” is a refrain that is heard over and over, from radio to TV. Everyone wants you to know that the days we live in seem to be on trembling foundations. I … more
Recently, my wife and I felt like the last people left on Earth at the North Entrance of an empty Yellowstone National Park. Never had we seen the famed 1903 Roosevelt Arch devoid of anyone, even in … more
Forty years of service economy is now showing its ugly face. So much for flipping hamburgers and selling insurance and financial services to each other. — we need to mine things, make things … more
More and more, a lot of us are escaping COVID-19 by reviving some of the old family pleasures we once enjoyed almost exclusively on Sundays — back in the pre-TV, pre-Sunday afternoon football … more
Hank McKinnell of Jackson predicted today’s worldwide pandemic during a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 15 years ago.    McKinnell recalls making a joint … more
We’ve made it to May. It is so exciting to see new life springing up everywhere. Approximately seven weeks ago, we personally began feeling the effects of COVID-19. I was in a Zoom meeting … more
Hey students, there’s something I want you to know. I miss you. And I’m pretty sure you miss me, too. Even the cranky me. The same cranky me who showed up on Zoom today, a little annoyed … more
God bless mothers everywhere. They endure a lot. A few years ago, our then, 5-year-old grandson Dane, and grafted-in-daughter, were at the batting cages. Dane had to use the restroom, a glorified … more
Like many of you, my family has been holed up for the past MILLION days. Seriously, what we are dealing with right now is not easy. Concern for our older loved ones, having kids at home all day, … more
The days are longer, the sun is shining brighter, and the essence of spring is in the air. Before you realize, you will plant your outside garden. But in the meantime, here are some easy indoor … more
It has been easy for me to deal with the current quarantining of America. I had already been spending most of my time at home, with only occasional forays to the coffee shop or the sidewalks … more
My sister was just a little girl, only 8, maybe 9 years old. But even now, after all these years, I can still see the words she wrote on that page in her own sincere, child-like way: “My mom … more
With the coronavirus outbreak, we have all had to adapt to new ways of doing things. The majority of you are adjusting to online or remote learning from your homes, faculty are transitioning to … more
Last month my college roommate, Randy, who was only 38 years old and in great health and shape, died unexpectedly from a heart attack. Like so many of his friends and family, I found myself in … more
COVID-19. “This is going to be a game changer, like 9-11,” says my cousin’s son, the doctor. And he should know having worked for years at a senior level in federal disaster relief … more
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