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 […]

Let’s Talk

≡ Gay Video of the Week Perusing YouTube I’ve stumbled upon two very special videos that stand in stark contrast to the anger and polarization of today. Two young guys engage in a conversation that easily might not happen between a lot of people. Donavan Barrett and his friend Joseph, early twenties and late teens […]

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 […]

Talking about Talking about Trump

I want to circle back to the event that led me to revive this blog sooner than I had otherwise planned. Trump is controversial. On this, if nothing else, I think we can all agree. I think everyone knows there’s lots of disagreement about Trump — really passionate disagreement. And this is totally OK. What’s not […]

Still Sayin’

When I launched my website in November 2016 I included a blog, Just Sayin’. I didn’t actually plan to use it that much but then days later Trump was elected. Surprise! Suddenly there seemed quite a lot to talk about. I blogged actively for 8 or 9 months. It was fun, but eventually I pulled back. […]