Magical Machu Picchu, and the Vexing ‘Human Condition’

I recently visited remarkable Machu Picchu, the ancient and magically beautiful Andes mountain community constructed some 500 years ago for the leader of the then-thriving Incan Empire. Many exquisitely preserved walls of buildings still stand in this breath-taking setting atop the steep slopes of the Peruvian Andes. The entire site is ethereal, evoking feelings of awe […]

Our Infernal Flu

Without warning, and out of the blue, I’ve just succumbed to a terrible flu… Malaise, fever, cough and fatigue, have pushed me way out of my league, Have affected my outlook and my mood, I’ve become dour, cantankerous, even rude… I deeply abhor this oppressive crud, which feels like oozing, trapping mud, Suffocating and asphyxiating me, overwhelming […]

I Am Not An Elitist! (Or Am I?)

“I Am Not An Elitist! (Or Am I?)”   ‘Elitism’ has become a “dirty word,” at least among some people who feel that elites are despicable. I hereby declare that “I am not an Elitist” (…or am I?) As I write this self-serving statement, I’m reminded of the words, “I am Not a Crook!” spoken by Richard Nixon […]

American Shootings: Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough…”An American Tragedy”

      “Our thoughts and prayers are for the victims of today’s tragic shooting” Whenever we hear these pious-sounding words uttered by politicians, our hearts sink, we are saddened, angry and confused. Columbine. Newtown. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Charleston. Las Vegas. Texas. California…The killings continue, and each time it is déjà vu, that sick “we’ve been here […]

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Everyday Life

Whenever star athletes use performance enhancing chemical agents to “game” drug screening systems for a competitive edge, people are understandably appalled and angry. We’ve seen this in the Olympic Games and other major amateur competitions, and in professional sports all over the world. But are these critics as upset and outspoken when chemicals are used […]

Where Have All Our Values Gone?

What is happening to our American Values? You remember values, don’t you? You know, those moral thoughts and behaviors we used to hold dear, like decency, civility, honesty and respect, as well as caring, optimism, empathy and tolerance? This country was a beacon of idealism and progressive values to people the world over. Its foundational credos, the US Constitution and Declaration of […]