New Year’s Wish #1: End the Wars Now

New Year’s Wish #1: End the Wars Now

As the New Year begins, I want to be candid and straightforward. The following statements are mine and mine alone.  With that stated, let me start by saying the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East need to stop now—not a ceasefire for a brief period—but an all-out...
Getting Our Priorities Straight

Getting Our Priorities Straight

The new year is about priorities, who has the right to take precedence and what is most important. It’s about who will hold our attention and what will hold our tongues.   It’s about who will hold us back and what we will hold back no longer. It’s about speaking up...
2024: On Dread, Hope and the Need for Prophets

2024: On Dread, Hope and the Need for Prophets

In the circles we run in, it seems the close of every year since, oh, let’s say 2016, has been met with a sigh of relief. To quote Merle Haggard, we have felt, “If we make it through December, we’ll be fine.”  It doesn’t quite feel that way with this approaching new...
New Year, New Resolve

New Year, New Resolve

It’s January, and you know what that means: an endless barrage of “New Year, New You” advertisements from every marketing outlet available. I’ve lost count of the number of ads I’ve seen for gym memberships, diet supplements, weight loss surgery and meal plans – all...
Three Resolutions for a New Year

Three Resolutions for a New Year

Many of us make resolutions at the start of a new year, so let me propose three that move beyond goals typically found on such lists. 1. Let us resolve to acknowledge our true place in the universe. “Oh” was all my son could say when he saw the majesty of the Sierra...