Our society depends on the ability of its citizens to analyze information and to make informed decisions. We have so many citizens who have chosen to let others think for them that we are in danger of losing our group ability to know right from wrong.
In college we spent endless hours debating different sides. People actually changed their minds based on learning new facts. Today people actively avoid hearing facts that contradict their opinions. A good citizen should challenge their own opinions with opposing facts and opinions.
We only have to look as far as the US Senate to see the danger of people living in the world of groupthink. Republican Senators would rather dismiss the impeachment charges against the president than hear witnesses. What are they afraid of? Perhaps it is the truth.
Our journey to a home by the water involved a lot of learning and more than a few surprises
Finding your spot on the water is not as simple as it might first appear but it is not really difficult. You just need to understand that are a lot of different kinds of water. Read more about where and how we found our piece of waterfront paradise.
Over fifteen years ago we started considering a move to the coast after years of living on a mountainside in Virginia. We have started our fourteenth year at the coast and are getting ready for our next adventure. Here is how the move worked for us.
Many people start to panic when they have yet to sneak away for a beach vacation as the end of July approaches. The truth is that you are better off if you missed that July baking in the sun. The best time to visit North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is later in the season. Read more here
I posted this yesterday to my friends. The message resonated well with many people so it has now made it to my soapbox for all.
I love my country of birth, but having lived in two countries, I also feel great pride when I hear “Oh Canada.” Having visited many countries, I feel great respect for a number of them and understand that there are other paths to happiness besides just ours.
Today the Fourth of July, I salute the vision of our country’s founders and hope that we can live up to their thoughts and ideals which have helped us evolve to a better but far from perfect place. We will eventually emerge from this nightmare of children caged along our borders.
Any student of our battle for independence will attest to our founding fathers great fear of standing armies. Changing times have resulted in the need for a professional US military. There is little doubt that we have the best armed forces in the world but why brag about it?
Our founding fathers would be appalled at a Four of July celebration of military power. There is a big difference between honoring those who have served in the defense of freedom and celebrating military power.
Celebrating military power is no more a part of the American tradition than separating children from their parents and holding them in intolerable conditions. We will overcome this at the ballot box.
We hear lots of talk about inequality in incomes, but there is an underlying problem that continues to get worse. It infects government, corporations, and even neighborhoods. It is not new but it is getting worse. Read more
Each of us is an interesting mixture of what we were born with, who raised us, where we have lived and the people whose lives have intersected our paths. How we have reacted to all those situations ends up defining us and our world view. Some of my best friends are living just miles from where they grew up. My wife, Glenda, and I have lived a far different life and it is about to get even more interesting again. Read more
Our minds are amazing but like most things, they perform better if they are used regularly. Could it be that reading complex books primes our brains to keep track of more information than if we only read short articles? Read More
Clearly, things are changing in the world of communication. Our telephones ring so much with unwanted calls that many of us, myself included, like to make the few telephone calls that we take meaningful. Read More