One of the advantages of self-publishing is that there are no deadlines and no editors. Having said that, among the many (too many, perhaps) writing projects I work on is a column for my community’s monthly magazine, The Breezes, for which I have both an editor and a deadline. I thought I’d share my latest.
Perhaps I subscribe to too many newspapers and magazines. Perhaps 24-hour cable news is too many hours. But, I don’t know about you and, with apologies to William Shakespeare, “there’s something rotten in the state of America.”
Commentary C’mon Cleveland, is that all you got? Multiple news sources reported today that the Cleveland Major League Baseball team is changing its name next season from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians. The name change comes after years of criticism that the current moniker is racist and disrespectful to Native Americans. The nameContinue reading “Cleveland Indians changing name to Cleveland Guardians”
House Minority Leader Joseph McCarthy…er…Kevin McCarthy (sorry, Freudian keyboard slip) announced which of his members will serve on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
Commentary All they needed were a few lyrical updates The recent headlines from America and, indeed, around the world, have been horrific. Apocalyptic, even. A sampling: Portland records all-time high temperature of 116, setting new record for third day in a row
I don’t know about you, but I’m conflicted about this “cancel culture” phenomenon, particularly the part in which public institutions are being considered for a name change because they’re named after an individual who is now considered unfit for the honor.
Commentary Systemic? Individual actions? When it comes to prejudices, it is, indeed, a small world, after all. Poland holds a special place for our family. Sharon’s father was born in Łomza, Poland, emigrating to America when he was seven-years old. Because he was originally a Polish citizen, after much research, several years of pulling documentsContinue reading “Poland, America, Racism and Anti-Semitism”
Commentary Then: Conquistadors were heroes; Now: Racism isn’t systemic; it’s just a bunch of individual racists. I recently posted a column, “The revelations of a road trip,” which was sub-headed, “How a drive in Florida reminded me of what I learned and didn’t learn in school.” You can read the column here: https://around-the-block.com/2021/06/04/the-revelations-of-a-road-trip/. Among the commentsContinue reading “Education – then and now”
Commentary Despite being the butt of late night comics’ jokes, there are a lot of good things about Florida. But then every once in a while… When Sharon and I announced that we would be moving to Florida at a dinner in Marin County with some of closest friends, the reaction was a combination ofContinue reading “Florida, my Florida”
A Fable The story of one ambitious man’s rise to power, influence and breathtaking lack of irony. Once upon a time there was a land where almost no one visited. The land was unblessed, except for one thing. Black, dusty stuff that came out of the ground. No one in this land knew what toContinue reading “The land where almost no one visited and its favorite son, Joe, Duke of Manchin”