our digital ziggurat

I've been thinking about this question a lot lately. Honestly, the question did not originate with me. I first heard the question asked by Thomas Friedman years ago in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree, but recent events have thrust it back into my mind. Are we creating a second Babel? Friedman's point … Continue reading our digital ziggurat

i’m opting out

Because of COVID-19, players in the NFL were given the opportunity to opt out of the upcoming season if they were concerned about their health and safety. Almost 70 players decided to that it was in their best interest to opt out. In that spirit, I have also decided to opt out. Things are too … Continue reading i’m opting out

a crisis of mattering

We are in a crisis in our country. Actually, we are in several overlapping crises in our country. In just the last 24 hours our country has experienced horrible fires in California, a powerful hurricane in the Gulf coast, widespread civil unrest and rioting, a polarizing Republican National Convention, oh, and don't forget that we … Continue reading a crisis of mattering

coming to terms with history

Recently, an army of angry protesters descended on Grant Park in Chicago. Their protest would bring them into violent confrontation with the Chicago Police Department. The protest resulted in 18 police officers being sent to the hospital and 12 protesters being arrested. At least one protester claimed to be brutalized by the police in the … Continue reading coming to terms with history

two -isms shaping the pandemic: safetyism

A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast out of Chicago. They were interviewing the director of the Lincoln Park Zoo. This is a wonderful zoo that I remember visiting several times growing up in Chicagoland. The director was talking about their plans to reopen the zoo after an extended period being closed … Continue reading two -isms shaping the pandemic: safetyism

two -isms shaping the pandemic: scientism

Things are weird. Last week, while on vacation with my family, we ate lunch at a burger restaurant in rural Wyoming. After ordering, I handed my credit card to the girl who was checking us out. She stared for a moment at my card, and then looking at me she said, "I need your verbal … Continue reading two -isms shaping the pandemic: scientism

a lament for giants

They left us. I'm not sure when. It may have happened even before I was born. I'm having a hard time remembering lately. But I do know that they once lived among us and now they are gone. Giants. There was a time when our nation, our world, was teeming with them. As giants tend … Continue reading a lament for giants

abortion and black lives matter

A couple of months ago, as the pandemic was beginning, there was a meme that I saw on social media probably dozens of times. I don't know how you feel about memes. I usually love the ones that try to make me laugh. I usually hate the ones that try to make me think. Memes … Continue reading abortion and black lives matter