Harvey reveals the better side of a divided America

Even hurricanes have a silver lining: The downpour washes away a lot of bull.Don’t get me wrong. This is a tragedy for untold thousands of peopl...

August 30th, 2017 |  


Healing hands

Healing hands

The walls of the room where I am lying are lined with symbols I have never seen. They remind me of Egyptian hieroglyphics, but they are different, mor...

August 29th, 2017 |  


A black daughter of the Confederacy corrects history

As monuments to the Confederacy are swept away from public spaces, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the president of the United States have been fret...

August 29th, 2017 |  



The yearslong recovery from Hurricane Harvey

The scale of flooding in the Houston area as a result of Hurricane Harvey is hard to imagine, and the images of suffering are horrifying to behold. In...

August 29th, 2017 |  


The global obesity epidemic

The global obesity epidemic

The obesity epidemic used to be an American thing. Either it’s highly contagious or everybody else in the world is doing more of whatever we hav...

August 28th, 2017 |  


Then vs. now: Dropping kids off at college

I was on a college campus last week, and saw vehicles unloading new students. It made me nostalgic.Then I realized if parents were recalling that mile...

August 28th, 2017 |  


Green water in your garden pond

Green water in your garden pond

Summer is the most challenging time of year for pond and water feature enthusiasts. Keeping pond water clear and clean in 90 degree heat with sixteen ...

August 28th, 2017 |  


‘Greatest generation’ is fading, but it’s still got choice words for our own

Remember the greatest generation? The ones that beat back the Nazis?Recently I sat down with two of them, to talk about everyday persistence, about st...

August 27th, 2017 |  


On their honor, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts should settle their boundary issues

Merit badges in hostile takeovers, poaching and nasty letter writing? Whoa, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts sure seem to have changed.The talk around t...

August 27th, 2017 |  


The fall season is starting to fall

The fall season is starting to fall

So here we are, heading into the last few days of August. Labor Day is dawning and with it goes the last days of summer.Already, little yellow leaves ...

August 25th, 2017 |