Faith and American History

Time To Focus on People

Time To Focus on People

Our recent elections and subsequent events have left many of us slightly exhausted but cautiously optimistic about the future of our country. Conservatives now have a HUGE responsibility to govern creatively and well, from the White House to the majority of local counties.  Many of us have asked and prayed for this opportunity for years, and now it is here.  We must continue to pray, even more now, for those in office and for their advisers, that God will put men and women in positions of...

Election Concerns 2016

Election Concerns 2016

This year's extraordinary election is less than two months away.  Like most Americans, I am not pleased with the choices we have before us.  With all of the negative generalities coming from both sides, I decided to try to put on paper specifically what concerns me. I really am not looking to start an argument or to defend any candidate--please consider this to be a personal interim report, subject to change as more information becomes available in the coming weeks. Concerns I have about...

Before It’s Too Late

Before It’s Too Late

I have written previously about Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1836 observation that America’s unique strength was how Judeo-Christian faith and values were woven deeply and inexorably into the multi-faceted quilt of our society.  People might differ on the details of worship, or on specific laws, but the underlying foundation for any discussion was a nearly universal belief in the God of the Bible as the Creator and Sustainer of all people, and particularly of this nation. “I sought for the...

Last Folio

Last Folio

This post is a collection of reflections occasioned by seeing my old friend Katya Krausova in Washington next week (weather permitting). I met Katya in the fall of 1968 when she, as a member of the first group of Czechoslovak students allowed to travel to the West after the Prague Spring, was stranded in London when the Soviets invaded her country in August.  That fall the British government gave every Czech student a scholarship to attend a comparable UK college, and Katya came to London...

Why Thanksgiving?

Why Thanksgiving?

As Thanksgiving approaches I am focused on two aspects of this special day which are not always on the table with the turkey, mashed potatoes, pies and other delicious dishes. The first is Gratitude.  I don’t see it much. Many of us appear to be worried, slightly angry, or downright upset about one or several issues in our personal or corporate lives. As I watched the recent demonstrations on elite university campuses, I had to ask, Do those young people have any gratitude at all for the...

A Word is Sometimes Worth A Thousand Family Pictures

A Word is Sometimes Worth A Thousand Family Pictures

A parent’s words and actions—particularly those of the father—have much more impact on children than we appreciate.  Everyday conversations can be life changing.  The message to us as parents: Handle with thought and care, and be engaged. Elsewhere I have discussed the tragedy of absentee fathers.  Here I want to remind both fathers and mothers, using simple examples, how important our words and actions are. From being a son with brothers to raising five grown children, I can attest that your...

“Peace In Our Time”–With Lying, Deceitful Regimes?

“Peace In Our Time”–With Lying, Deceitful Regimes?

The First of September has always interested me.  It was on that day that World War II started.  Last year, on the 75th Anniversary of that awful moment, I wrote a special post about it. This year I am struck by how, in Europe, World War II did not start with a surprise attack, like Pearl Harbor or 9/11.  Instead, a madman running an evil regime slowly consolidated his national power while repeatedly telling the world exactly what he was going to do. But the world, and particularly his...

The Next Black Swan

The Next Black Swan

It has now been almost seven years since the world went through its last financial meltdown, or Black Swan, and from sixty-eight years of personal observation, it’s about time for another one, because they always eventually happen, no matter what the elites and the regulators promise. A good definition of a Black Swan is at BlackSwanEvents.org: “A Black Swan event is an event in human history that was unprecedented and unexpected at the point in time it occurred. However, after evaluating the...

Daddy, Y Are We Hunting for Eggs?

Daddy, Y Are We Hunting for Eggs?

Last Saturday we made our usual afternoon trip to the local Y to work out.  Outside the front door was a large inflatable bunny and a sign inviting us to the Eggsplosion Egg Hunt, which we had apparently just missed.  Some young children were leaving with their parents, having their pictures taken with the inflatable bunny. Inside at the front desk was a second sign, and throughout the building there were others. Lots of information was on the signs, including an invitation to the Bunny Buffet...

Thoughts on 2014 Surprises

Thoughts on 2014 Surprises

Ending 2014 with five personal thoughts on events that surprised me: Shortly after Memorial Day I attended a professional breakfast on current topics in commercial real estate. There were several hundred well dressed attendees, of all ages and both genders. The MC began by mentioning Memorial Day and remembering those who had given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.  Then he asked for all of those who had served in the U.S. military to stand up to be recognized. I am used to that request...

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