Life is a Sitcom

Sometimes I write essays and sometimes they get published. Sometimes they don’t and they sit in my hard drive until I share them with you here. Here’s one that seemed like a great premise a year or more ago but seems a tad optimistic today (and the references are getting stale). I still like it…

Protesting Lessons

February 3, 2017, Cognoscenti published: History Repeating: Lessons From The Civil Rights Era For Maximizing The Power Of Protests At least one elected official and his advisors seem eager to confirm the adage that “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” As Americans gird themselves against societal upheaval and figure out how…

Writing in the new era

Things change. Yep. The changes are not often what we’re seeking but we need to adapt. Since the US election in November 2016, I’ve published two essays in WBUR’s Cognoscenti that reflect my optimistic disappointment. Surely, there’s a way out of this? The first was published on November 14, 2016: A New ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Host,…

Why They Hate Us

After 9/11 there were numerous articles speculating on the motive of the terrorists whose suicide missions resulted in the deaths of thousands. Why do they hate us? a columnist would ask, and then the answer was often a variation of: they hate us because of our freedoms. Maybe. Maybe it’s more nuanced. After the Orlando…

Political Theories

Here’s my theory: Donald Trump got into the race as a lark, a marketing gimmick. A lot of people have that theory. And of course he did better than expected, which was great for marketing and then people started effusively praising him which was great for his ego. But now he’s the presumptive Republican candidate…

My POTUS

It’s only natural in an election year, to think about what kind of person you would like to be the President of the United States or POTUS. To be clear, I’m not talking about the declared candidates — or even politicians we might want to draft into the race — I’m talking about pure speculation.…