TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE  

  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. . . A time to weep, and a time to laugh. . . . A time to keep silence, and a time to speak . . . . Ecclesiastes, Ch. 3, verses  1, 4, 7   When a people…

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Mamas, Do Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Whistleblowers

  “It is natural to disagree and engage in spirited debate—this has been our custom since the time of our Founding Fathers—but we are better than callow and cowardly attacks.” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, October 29, 2019   “Whistleblower began as a word literally referring to someone who blows a whistle. Later it became associated…

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The Wildest Rodeo of All

The Living and the Dead Face Off on the Porch   The Porch Curriculum As administrators in higher education struggle to figure out how classes will resume next month, I offer this testimony that porches can out-perform classrooms as learning environments. The porch, in other words, is the natural habitat for the proliferation of lessons…

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An Unforgettable Ride at the Ringwald Rodeo

A Conversation as Treasured as It Was Confounded   Why couldn’t we just call a halt for a while – stop making those chlorofluorocarbons that are destroying the ozone layer, halt the auto assembly lines and see if we can’t come up with viable alternative transportation, halt the arms production and the arms sales, maybe…

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Staying in the Saddle for Eight Seconds

Where Limericks and Rodeo Coincide   The genre of comical verse Inclines to the crude and perverse. But in an era so ratty, So messed-up and batty, Could it possibly make anything worse?   In order to achieve a score that could lead to a win, a rodeo competitor must stay on a bucking animal…

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