Archives For August 2017

Some have argued that the monuments and the flag stand for freedom from an oppressive federal government. If that were ever true, it no longer is.

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Fear or Faith

August 10, 2017 — 3 Comments

I remember the moment I realized the Cold War was happening. Standing in my parents’ bedroom. A chill filled my stomach as a sense of vulnerability ran through me. Maybe I was eight or ten.

I asked my parents if the Russians would bomb us. My parents had lived through the Great Depression and World War II. They were not alarmed.

“Don’t worry about it. You can’t do anything about it anyway,” Mother said. Words that surprisingly reassured me.

Years later, the Iron Curtain fell. Peace came to the world. Continue Reading…

I wanted to entertain a bored grandson when I thought of the movie. The boy was intrigued because I said the football scenes were actual footage from Penn State’s games in the early 1970s.

Before long the story grabbed him. The movie, like all sports movies, wasn’t about a game as much as it was about something much larger. Character, sacrifice, love, family, and even suffering.

The movie was Something for Joey, the story of John Cappelletti’s quest to be the first Penn State football player to win the Heisman Trophy. But, as I said, it’s more than that. Continue Reading…

“Our ancestors believed in two worlds, and understood this to be the solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short one. We are the first generations of man that actually expected to find happiness here on earth, and our search for it has caused such unhappiness.” Peggy Noonan, 186

It’s a strange paradox, this world–America and the rest of the West–we inhabit. We have advanced technology and medical care, round the clock entertainment we carry in our pockets, and more food than we can (or should) eat.

We drive air-conditioned cars on well-maintained roads. We drink clean water and have central heating and indoor plumbing. Most of us have little to fear from terrorism and war. We are comfortable.

And even if we are poor, there are programs to feed us, house us, and clothe us.

Yet we are unhappy. Continue Reading…