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Murders: The Raw Data

I recently came across a post from CBS News called Murder map: Deadliest U.S. Cities in which they present the murder rates in 61 cities and major urban…

A Not So Radical Solution

My heart is breaking along with the rest of the country for the families in Parkland, FL who’ve had to endure such a shocking and senseless tragedy. I’ve…

What’s Wrong With The World?

If you’re like me you find that some days you need a break from the news. I often feel my blood pressure rising as I scan the headlines….

On Falling Apples & Geography

There is certainly some truth to the old saying, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Like it’s close cousin, “a chip off the old block”, it…

Is Christmas Real?

In the modern Western world most everyone is familiar with the basic story of Christmas, even if they aren’t Christian. Linus Van Pelt did a pretty good job of…

Three Reasons Grandma Might Hate Me

Grandma called me a simple-minded, boring, little cretin who can’t live without a night light. She told me I take orders from an imaginary sky fairy that tells…

A Moral Inventory

I’ll be honest, things are going to get a little uncomfortable. This is the step in the recovery process where things start to get very real.  It’s a good…

Happy Independence Day

The Prayer in the First Congress Given by Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m. “O Lord our Heavenly Father, high…

Please Help With My Racism

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out…

An Open Look at Banning Guns

I’m not just a gun owner, I’m a firearms enthusiast and an NRA member, and I’m willing to have an open discussion about gun ownership in the US….

What Are We Really Fighting?

Where I think so many people have it wrong with this whole Trump thing, and why I am more fascinated than fearful about the increasing inevitability of a…

The Dawning of a Power Outage

In modern society the use of electricity has so permeated our every day existence that we have no paradigm for life without it. To wit, my fatuous thought…