Aunt Jemima meets Doctor Seuss

                When I was about eight years old, the grocery store that was across the street from my home had a promotional visitor in the store. The visitor was a black woman portraying Aunt Jemima and the store was making pancakes to be given away to customers. Of course, you had to use Aunt Jemima’s […]

Black Lives Matter…and other slogans

                Many slogans have flooded social media in the last few years. They have some things in common, and they also have differences.                 In the mid 1980’s worry about climate and concern for the health of our planet were prominent. A slogan that came out of this period was “Save the Rainforest”. Most people […]

Buying a House Can Teach You…..Things.

                Carol and I bought our first house five years ago.  We knew the house would require work and money, and we have replaced the roof, the furnace, the hot water heater, the main electrical panel, and done many other repairs during that time.                 I am presently reading “Caste” written by Isabela Wilkerson, in […]

Corruption in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

I have been reluctant to write about politics and current issues during this pandemic. Out of respect for the health and economic concerns of people, I have held my voice yet may events have been happening that clutch at my conscience. I have chosen six events that jump out for me, fully realizing that you, […]

The War on the Disabled in Pennsylvania

In the last budget for Pennsylvania the Republican Legislature added a little extra to the budget. They completely eliminated the General Assistance Program. They have been trying to do this for seven years but Gov. Wolf vetoed any budget that included this elimination. This past year money was included for Medicaid to be paid to […]

Enough Is Enough

The picture of a child crying is taken in Mississippi following the ICE raid at multiple chicken processing plants. It represents the trumpian policy of using cruelty and fear to intimidate whole groups of people. That it took place one day after a mass shooting of Latinos in El Paso, perpetrated by a white nationalist […]

The Blatant Face of Racial Hatred

Take a good look at the faces of the white folks in the two pictures, and you cannot help but see the hatred reflected in them. The first picture is of Nathan Phillips and some spoiled rotten children from a Kentucky Catholic school that was taken at the National Mall, and the second picture is […]

The Politics of Abusive Language

It has been exceedingly difficult to listen to the spineless mass that occupies the Oval Office. I have found myself freely cursing when he or his sycophants appear on television media. I have moved to muting the sound every time they appear or leave the room for a few minutes. I bring this up because […]

Are you thinking of not voting in the mid term election?

I am writing to the people that are still deciding if they will vote or not in the Tuesday election. Perhaps they are wondering if their vote matters? Is it worth it to even go to the polls? Why bother? I am not addressing the people who have already decided how they will vote. Those […]

M.L. King, A. Ginsberg, Unpresident Trump

                OK class, which one of these three does not belong?                 Two of these folks could speak and write in compete and coherent sentences and at times their language was profound and poetic, but this is not the reason that I have chosen these three names to write about this time.                 Yesterday was […]