Some Random Thoughts on America–the Angry, the Miserable, the Suicidal

We hear a lot today about fake news in America. But what about “fake journalists?” Watch television, cable, or surf the Internet and we see a profusion of talking heads, political pundits, academics, bloggers, and news aggregators out there masquerading as journalists. Unfortunately, too many people can’t tell the difference between … Read more…

Socialists Force-Feeding School Children a Steady Diet of Toxic Critical Race Theory

As angry parents coast to coast continue to rebel against leftist indoctrination of their children at school, the nation’s largest teachers’ unions have let it be known that they will support Marxist and socialist teachers who are teaching Critical Race Theory anyway. In other words, “damn you, parents, we have … Read more…

A Little Fun With Words

A “Lexophile” is a lover of words–one who derives pleasure from the various use of words, who appreciates the nuances surrounding different words, and who is alert to synonyms, antonyms, homophones, anagrams, palindromes, and homonyms, often using them for effect, sometimes in humor. The New York Times even holds an annual … Read more…

The Rules of Writing: There Are None!

For writers and those who are struggling to be writers, there is no shortage of rules, guidelines, tenets, and imperatives all calculated to turn you into a bestselling author. They are often daunting and overwhelming and in some cases a bit terrifying. But mostly, they are unnecessary. Yes, I said … Read more…

EAST MEETS WEST–AND FINDS ‘DECADENCE’

Occasionally I reprint stories I wrote while working as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Here is one I wrote from Bangkok, Thailand in 1985. It examines the attitudes some Asian countries have toward Western (read “American”) culture—specifically, its music, its films, and what some consider its promiscuous lifestyle. … Read more…

Letter from Oxford: Revising History to Appease the “Woke” Left is Stupid

With “cancel culture” running amok in the United States and statues still under attack by those who insist on ascribing 21st-century values and standards to 18th and 19th-century historical figures, it was gratifying to see that Oxford’s Oriel College in the U.K., has resisted the mob’s demand to erase history … Read more…