President Trump – Where Do We Go From Here

President Trump – Where Do We Go From Here

Where Do We Go From Here?   This past November the 8th , millions of Americans went to their polling locations, some waiting for several hours, to cast their vote for our next President. Most of the prognosticators and pundits where all but certain that they knew the outcome of this election. Armed with their fancy surveys and data collection, they were collectively handed their ass. In an Electoral College landslide Donald Trump gave proof positive that the experts knew nothing, as he handily became President Elect over the hands down favorite Hillary Clinton. In the interest of full disclosure I was a supporter of Hillary Clinton. I knew her flaws, but I believed that only she had the necessary political ability, intellectual depth, and knowledge of the job to be an effective President. With that said my objective with this article is not to be a sore loser and cast shade on Mr. Trump. What I want to do is bring some understanding to the exceptionally divisive and in many cases hurtful outcome of this 2016 Presidential election. During this election we have perfected the dark art of partisanship. We had two nominees who embodied the disparate factions of our country. In the blue corner there was Hillary Clinton. She has been in politics and/or public life for around 30 years. During those years she has gained a well-earned reputation for telling half-truths and lies. Most of America thinks she is untrustworthy, and a lot of those people for their own reasons hate her. She was successfully cast as the ultimate insider who is corrupt and to whom...
Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation

OK…I just saw the film “Birth of a Nation”.  It tells the story of Nat Turner who led a revolt against the evil men who kept them and his people in bondage right here in America.  If you’re not familiar with his story it’s an important American story that all of us should be familiar with.  When I walked into the theater I noticed only one other person, an elderly white man.  I also noticed that at some point during the film he was gone, so I watched most of the film by myself.  Hmmmmm… Briefly, the story is about Nat Turner who was a literate slave (which was exceptionally unusual).  As Nat grew older he began preaching to other slaves, and got a bit of a reputation among a number of slave owners as being a great speaker.  In fact he was so good that other slave owners (it hurts to even say those words) began to hire him to speak to their slaves.  The intention was for Nat to basically lie to the slaves that all was good, and calm any thoughts they might have about a rebellion.  Eventually Nat changed from being a lying surrogate for the slave owners to being a truth teller to the slaves. I won’t give any more of the story away. What always sticks with me when I see a movie about slavery is a couple of things.  One is the depth of how wicked and inhumane the institution of slavery was.  The other thing that hits me is the magnificence of those people who endured being stolen away from their...
I Believe

I Believe

I believe… Each and every one of us is Here For Something Great,  and the pursuit of that greatness is why we are here. Our individuality was not a mistake.  We were never meant to sing the same song, walk in the same direction, or think the same thoughts.  Our diversity and collective wisdom is the blessed offspring of our uniqueness. Truth is true, until it is challenged and proven to be untrue.  Claims by zealous believers of so-called truth, is often just a belief or opinion held by a group of same-minded people.  Actual, undeniable, irrefutable truth is rare, but it does exist. We are more alike than we are different.  Political party, tribe, religion, ethnicity, nationality are all superficial divisions.  We have learned to compartmentalize in ways that are harmful to who and what we really are…blood relatives of one original man and woman. We know this to be the case, but conduct ourselves as if it weren’t.  This denial and resistance of actual truth is perhaps our greatest downfall. The truth is solid, deeply rooted, reliable, and unmovable.  We cannot break the truth, we can only accept it or break ourselves against it.  The truth is, we are one family.  Death, destruction, and all manner of unspeakable suffering is the predictable manifestation of the foolishness of denying the truth of our oneness. There is an energy or presence of power, intelligence, and unlimited possibility that is all around us, all the time.  There is a connection between the most majestic mountains, the Northern Lights, a Siberian tiger, a fire ant, and you.  The brilliance of music,...
Two Daffodils

Two Daffodils

They weren’t there and then all of a sudden they were…Two daffodils How they came to rest in this place, at this time, I do not know But there they were, proudly proclaiming the arrival of Spring I didn’t know it at first, but I needed to see them Clearly they knew the day I had experienced It is so easy to be weighed down with the burdens of life And to forget the breezy and bright lightness of life After an early warming trend and surprising return to cold My flowers stood though withered by way too late snow Surely these blossoms have never known such inhospitable climate But there they were, day after day, With their faithful reminder that like them, I too will be OK Our most powerful signs can be in the most delicate of things My two lovely friends gently call me to remember To keep my eyes, my mind, and my soul open And receive the life affirming energy that is always available If we would just look I may have seen them before…but this time I noticed them They weren’t there and then all of a sudden they were…Two daffodils   Stay Fly and Fly High, KLH Please Share...
Never Forget

Never Forget

“Never Forget”, is a political saying that was popularized by the Jews to commemorate the atrocities they suffered at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Some Jews feel that if those tragedies are forgotten then perhaps they may be repeated. With that in mind, ceremonies are held regularly to remember those lost and how they were lost. There is power in saying ‘I will never forget’, and in effect say that ‘I will stand vigil over my people to insure that the evil that was done, will never happen again.’ I personally respect and honor the determination of the Jews to stand up for their people. Oddly enough, there is another tragedy connected to America that one rarely if ever hears the words “Never Forget” connected to, and that’s the American Slave Trade. Often times if slavery is brought up, that person is discouraged from continuing to talk about it, and sometimes even being told in so many words to just get over it. Many Americans would rather push aside the ugly history of these United States. These people will say, “We have come so far”. They’ll say that slavery is a thing of the past, and it’s best left right there in the past. It seems to me that it’s easy for some Americans to empathize with and embrace the determination of the Jews to “Never Forget”, because the Holocaust happened in another country, at the hands of non-Americans. It’s easy to see wrong doing when it’s not in your own backyard. Personally I respect the courage and determination of the Jewish people to honor...
Fathers Matter

Fathers Matter

Moms are awesome. There’s nothing like a mother’s love. A child should be with their mother. I’m sure you have seen sayings like these, and many more like them. All of these statements are true. The love and support of a mother are wonderful and even life affirming. What is also true, but less widely proclaimed is that fathers are awesome, wonderful, and necessary. In fact the presence and active participation of a capable and loving father are critically important to the development and success of a child. If you were to ask the average person if fathers were important, I think most would tend to say yes. However, for some peculiar reason the importance of the role of fathers is not discussed and recognized nearly as much as the importance of mothers is. It is a very unfortunate truth that many fathers are completely or partially absent from the lives of their children; and this has a profound effect on the quality of life for those children. In my mind this fact has got to change. To a large extent, fathers themselves are to blame for why their importance isn’t more widely recognized. For a long time men have been the primary income earners for their families. These men would go off to work, and leave raising the children to their wives. Mothers would stay home, building mental and emotional bonds with their children. Because of the bonds made, children naturally gravitate towards their mothers for nearly all their needs. Since the beginning of time men have been enculturated to be strong i.e. ‘emotion-less’, and this over time...
Protect and Serve

Protect and Serve

Fairly recently two police officers were killed in Brooklyn, NY by what reports have said was a mentally ill man, bent on avenging the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This kind of mindless savagery is never acceptable or effective. I send prayers for healing in this horrible time to the families, friends, and colleagues of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Unarmed men being killed by the police. I knew that one day I would write about this very serious matter, and here we are. This is an exceptionally sensitive topic; and it is very polarizing. I want to be as fair and respectful as I can to the victims of these incidents and to the police. I intentionally did not say “unarmed BLACK men” because the fact of the matter is unarmed white men have been killed by police officers as well. I knew that I had not heard of any cases of unarmed white men being killed by the police. So, in the interest of full disclosure and comprehensive coverage, I went to Google. I did a search for ‘unarmed white men killed by police’. Ironically most of the search results were about unarmed black men being killed by the police. So, I dug deeper and I found two cases of unarmed white men being killed by police. Once case involved the shooting death of Dillon Taylor (an unarmed white man) by officer Bron Cruz who was referred to as “non-white” in Salt Lake City, Utah. The second case involved the shooting death of James Whitehead who was also an unarmed white man, killed by black...
Why We Die

Why We Die

I’ve heard it said that amongst all creation – “Only humans know that they will die.” I don’t know who said it, but it always stuck on my mind. I began to contemplate the significance of not only knowing we will die, but the fact in and of itself that we will die. It may seem grim at first glance, but really it’s wonderfully profound. Religious people believe it’s because we have sinned. Personally, I don’t hold that belief, but that’s a whole new article. Scientists are baffled by our mortality, in large part because of our body’s amazing ability to rebuild and heal itself. Death is not a pleasant subject, but I believe that having some empowering beliefs about it can add greater meaning to our lives. For a moment let’s consider unending life; what would that be like? With eternity ahead of us, what great accomplishments could there ever be? Would the pyramids have ever been built? Would we have ever gone to the moon? The Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Mona Lisa, the works of Picasso, Michaelangelo, and even Michael Jackson; would they exist if there was always tomorrow to get it done? Consider the philanthropy of so many powerful and wealthy people; would the gifts they have left, ever been given? The existence of our greatest institutions of learning was often made possible because of people wanting their name, reputation, hard work, and ideals to carry on beyond their lifetime. What if they could just put it off a millennium or two, how would that work out? There’s the saying – “A...