Going Down Inflamed

Friday evenings we go to church for ten minutes. That’s when the duo of Mark Shields and David Brooks speak with PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff about the events of the prior week. Almost every week we are buoyed by the thoughtful analysis. Last night, on the topic of national leadership, Shields commented that a…

Truthiness Has Become Callous Make Believe

What’s remarkable is how much fictionalization plays a role in almost every national debate ...we live in the age of truthiness ... ready and eager to be duped by the next tall tale. It’s as if the country is living in a permanent state of suspension of disbelief.Frank Rich, The New York Times These words…

This is Governing

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefing, usually set in the State Capitol in Albany, took place today in Brooklyn, where his message was to encourage New Yorkers to wear a mask and to get tested at one of the 700 sites now available throughout New York State. But, he said, he could not get this message…

Flying Blind Into the Storm

I am spitting mad that the people making decisions for Americans — in the government, who we have elected to help us live our lives — are opening the doors to the resumption of economic activity without knowing — through widespread community testing and contact tracing, none of which are even discussed — what we…

My First Anniversary

One year ago, on May 5, 2019, my heart stopped beating at I arrived by ambulance to Amsterdam´s OLVG Emergency Room. I had been aboard the Holland America Nieuw Statendam as it prepared to continue its cruise, which had thus far carried us from Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam, on to the fjords of Norway. As…

Breathe

So this word is for whoever needs it: breathe. Seriously. Right now. Draw the air in on a slow seven count. Hold it for a slow seven count. Release it on a slow seven count. Do it again. Do it again...BreatheLeonard Pitts, Jr. In a recent column, Leonard Pitts reflects on the difficulty of imagining…

My Coronavirus Calendar

When I was growing up in Catholic countries (Venezuela, Italy, Colombia), advent calendars were a treasured part of the Christmas holidays. Crafted with beautiful, sparkling art depicting the Nativity, or a family sitting around a lit tree, or other traditional scenes, each 8X10 paper had hidden in the art the numbers 1-24, and a little…