A House Divided and Full of Fools

In 1858, in what is now known as his “House Divided” speech, Abraham Lincoln uttered the words, “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” and in that instance, delivered one of the most important addresses in U.S. history. The speech marked his entrance into national politics at a time when the nation was profoundly at oddsContinue reading “A House Divided and Full of Fools”

Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson and a little Bob Dylan Thrown in Will Get You ‘Truth’

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, itContinue reading “Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson and a little Bob Dylan Thrown in Will Get You ‘Truth’”

Always Darkest Before The Dawn!

The first person to use this proverb was Thomas Fuller, an English theologian, in the year 1650 and the idea behind this is related to the literal meaning of dawn. Dawn begins when the first light begins to show over the horizon from the sunrise. Therefore, there is the least light before dawn begins, because there while there isContinue reading “Always Darkest Before The Dawn!”

Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing

In 2010, Barack Obama walked into the well of the House to deliver his annual State of the Union address and declared: “A new decade stretches before us.” He spoke to us of our frustrations and anger, many of which were fresh, open wounds inflicted upon us by the worst financial crisis since the GreatContinue reading “Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing”

Six Days to Alter the Arc of the Universe

Civil rights champion Martin Luther King, Jr. once delivered a powerful speech with this resonant line: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Beautiful, huh? We all love this great Martin Luther King, Jr. quote… But over the last decade or so, it has been repeated so many timesContinue reading “Six Days to Alter the Arc of the Universe”

What? Another Powerful Man Accused of Sexual Harassment?

Wow… “I’m shocked!” Really? Are any of my Opera, Opera Theatre, Musical Theatre or Theatre friends surprised and shocked by this? So, Plácido Domingo, certainly one of the single greatest and most powerful stars in opera, accused of decades of sexual harassment… I mean really? Now don’t get me wrong… I am in no wayContinue reading “What? Another Powerful Man Accused of Sexual Harassment?”

No More Labels

There are three groups (at least) that really should be identified when considering the whole misogyny, predatory, superior male behavior confluence… There are those who have rarely, if ever, behaved inappropriately. Perhaps rare, but nonetheless, they exist and we dare not mistakenly lump them into the broader pool of our collective anger. The second groupContinue reading “No More Labels”

What you value, you measure

As a 2009 Cato Institute report put it, “Although Afghanistan has endured successive waves of Persian, Greek, Arab, Turk, Mongol, British, and Soviet invaders, no occupying power has ever successfully conquered it.”  That is why it is called The Graveyard of Empires. It’s worth noting how much the longest U.S. war in the country’s historyContinue reading “What you value, you measure”