Category Archives: Character

The Rightness of Indignation

I wrote the following a year ago on this date. It came up in my Facebook memories, and since I feel much the same today, I thought it worthy of posting here. It was good to revisit these ideas. _____________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Naive

When I was not yet 18 years old, I was headed to college 12 hours away from home. I was excited about this. Not that I had not enjoyed my super secure home life with Mom, Dad, 3 older siblings, … Continue reading

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A Soldier Coming Home

“What it takes to survive war makes it so hard to survive living after war.” Angelina Stanford I am currently reading The Odyssey in a class with Angelina Stanford of House of Humane Letters. The stories and books we are … Continue reading

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My Obsession, Regrettably

Parking this thought here for now. Something I want people to know, but holding back from posting it on social media. When you pull away from me and/or my family, it hurts. It says you don’t like me or us, … Continue reading

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I’m Not Sorry About My Parents

My mother was a teenage bride. My mother was a teenage mother. Yes, in that order. Life came full circle in some ways for my parents. In 1987 they returned after more than 35 years in Illinois to the Ritter … Continue reading

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Get Out 2020

Oh, my people, I have so much to be writing about. As always. It is overwhelming. Thinking and wondering and making connections, or trying to, all the time. It is tiring, actually. My son and I are reading so many … Continue reading

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I was thinking this morning of older (in the eyes of some) friends who are continuing to learn and grow. They read and discuss good literature and philosophies of education and living. I pondered if a person could see a … Continue reading

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Dear Politicians (of “both” parties)

Guest Post by Jack Pelham Dear Politicians (of “both” parties)— Imagine that your rhetoric were all going on the record, and that you’d be held completely accountable for it someday by someone with complete authority to put you where you … Continue reading

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History and Political Games: A Glimpse into the Education of James Pelham

On 30 January 1939 — the sixth anniversary of his coming to power — Hitler told the Reichstag that in order to feed its population, Germany would need Lebensraum — living space. He then called Czechoslovakia to reduce the size … Continue reading

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For the Delight of It

As many of my friends have learned, my son fills up restaurant napkins (and this Thanksgiving, his napkin at our hosts’ table) with his math wonderings. We’ve had servers and bussers at a couple of our often-visited restaurants recently say, … Continue reading

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