The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin

When we hear the words “reaction” and “reactionary” we usually think of the rightwing. More and more, in our angry and polarized environment these days, the liberal left is falling into this same behavior. I wrote about this in January when I analyzed the Lincoln Memorial confrontation between Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann and […]

Remembering Dad at 21

My Dad passed away on Cinco de Mayo twenty years ago, plus 1. At 21 I guess that makes him an adult angel now. It’s amazing to think that he’s been gone nearly a third of my life. Yet he remains ever-present. I think of him almost everyday. And even when not, I know that […]

New Content on BobLaycock.com

It’s May 1st! A great time for renewal, except perhaps for my friends in the southern hemisphere (sorry). This past weekend I completed a series of upgrades to my website, BobLaycock.com. Most followers here are probably unaware that my blog is part of a larger platform. I thought I’d share some highlights today. I launched […]

Initial Thoughts on the Mueller Report

Special Note This post was written on March 27th based solely on Attorney General Barr’s 4-page summation of the Mueller Report. A lot has happened since then. The Hill and other publications report that Barr didn’t examine the underlying evidence and documentation, nor did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, nor did other staffers. Later Mueller wrote […]

Kent State Gathering Honors Dolores Noll

About two dozen people gathered at Kent State University’s LGBTQ Student Center this past Monday, February 11th, to remember and honor Dr. Dolores Noll. Dolores was a friend, comrade, role model and inspiration to me personally — and also to the LGBT community far and wide. It was not exactly a sad event because there […]

A Teaching Moment

There’s a teaching moment in all the uproar over events at the Lincoln Memorial a week ago Friday. But what is it? The privilege and racism of white suburban Catholic boys? Trump-inspired disrespect of Native Americans and indigenous cultures? Confrontation and suppression of Free Speech? The polarization of politics? The power and danger of social […]

Remembering Dolores Noll

Word came to me yesterday that Dolores Noll, a dear friend, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 8th. I met Dolores in 1975 and worked with her until about 1980 at Kent State University’s Kent Gay Liberation Front (KGLF) where she was Faculty Advisor. Then later we teamed up again at Cleveland’s Lesbian-Gay Community Service […]

Cuba’s Odd ‘Dictatorship’

I hadn’t planned another post on Cuba after marking the revolution’s 60th anniversary on Friday. Then today I came upon a column in the New York Times that begged for comment. Jon Lee Anderson writes in “Cuba’s Next Transformation” about a nationwide referendum to be held next month in Cuba to adopt a new national Constitution. […]

The Cuban Revolution: 60 Years & Counting

The first week of 2019 is drawing to a close. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a huge milestone this week. New Years Day marked the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. It’s still going strong despite many challenges, including the 56-year embargo. You have to know that Cuba’s tenacity just rankles the […]

Just Sayin’ 2.0.1 Update

Happy New Year! Amazingly, 2019 has arrived. As many do on New Years, I’m reflecting on where I’ve been and where I’m going. I’m also 65, which is another big milestone in life. I plan a number of personal changes, some of which I will share here. As part of that, my Just Sayin’ 2.0 blog is […]