My parents met at a race riot. On opposite sides. My mom, the Hispanic beauty queen, was on the side trying to get the LaRaza flag raised on her campus in East LA. My dad, the Vietnam vet (recently returned), was on the side of the MP’s, trying to keep order. He asked her to […]Read More Half and Half
The prophet Joseph Smith said that he felt worn and shaped like a rough stone rolling, with all the rough edges knocked off of him. I feel like that a lot – like a rock in a tumbler, with no control over who/what I hit in the process or where I will rebound. How strange […]Read More Rough Stone Rolling
Thee I Love Joshua had been wounded in the Civil War much more deeply than his splinted arm indicated. He wouldn’t lose his arm, the Army doctor had assured him of that, but he might have lost his soul. He was raised a good Quaker boy, his mother was even a Sunday Meeting Leader, and […]Read More Book of Mormon Stories (that my lover told to me)- Blurb
What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on each on the other for their mutual and surest support? – James Madison Information leads to freedom. It has always been so. When North Korean Concentration camp prisoner, Shin Dong-hyuk, decided to try and escape, it was […]Read More The Information Is Out There
When Thomas Paine wrote his book “Common Sense,” no one disputed what common sense actually meant. While some may have objected to Paine’s application of some common sense to political actions, no one argued that his actions were common sense. The argument at the time was, much like it is now, that common sense must […]Read More What Happened to Common Sense?
The clan went out for a movie last night, and to satisfy all the varied tastes of the clan, we saw Warm Bodies. The blurb about the movie on imdb.com reads: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events […]Read More What Warm Bodies teaches us about American Values
In honor of the “The Dark Knight Rises” being released on Blu Ray, I decided to focus on the American Value that is espoused most by Batman: Might FOR Right. Being America’s first knight, Batman comes from a tradition wrapped in honor, myth and a reality that was not always as noble as it looks at […]Read More What The Dark Knight Rises Teaches Us About American Values
To first understand what liberty is, we need to define it. Merriam Websters Dictionary Online defines Liberty as: 1 : the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment […]Read More American Values – Liberty (Libertad)