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I’ll See Your Protest and Raise You…
Blue Lines, Culture

I’ll See Your Protest and Raise You…

Donald Trump has been in office less than two weeks and the number of protests against the few actions he has taken so far is dominating the news wires. As much as the mainstream news media insists that this is a radically new phenomenon, it’s far from original and so predictable that most of the coverage…

When Investigations Become Political Fodder
Blue Lines, Culture

When Investigations Become Political Fodder

“Round and round she goes…and where she stops, nobody knows!” (The Original Amateur Hour radio show, 1934-1945) There is perhaps nothing that reveals the subjective nature of politics more than when supposed objective, professional investigations are usurped and launched for political gain. As we have seen in Washington, D.C. in recent months, it becomes a…

Charles Dickens Nailed It!
Blue Lines, Christmas, Featured, Holidays

Charles Dickens Nailed It!

Every year at Christmas time we are regaled by the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Dickens. We either read it or watch one of many movie versions that have been produced throughout the decades…even Mickey Mouse had a shot at it. I think one of the reasons it has endured for so…

Reality is Hard…Even at Christmas
Blue Lines, Culture

Reality is Hard…Even at Christmas

There are a lot of things in life, in our society, and in our personal lives that we wish were different. No matter what the circumstances, we can always find room for improvement. Despite our best attempts at self-analysis and willingness to admit we are not perfect, we generally believe that the world would be better off…

Backlash!
Blue Lines, Culture, News

Backlash!

Here we are, soon entering the first of December 2016. Thanksgiving is behind us and the Christmas season, with all of its delights and anxieties, opens up before us. The presidential election is over…or is it? Donald Trump is the unexpected President-Elect…or is he? I venture to say “yes” to both, but there are those…

Thanksgiving…An Opportunity Often Squandered
Blue Lines, Culture, Holidays

Thanksgiving…An Opportunity Often Squandered

Among the many detractions encountered with the early commercial promotion of Christmas is the lost significance of other seasonal joys and holidays. When Christmas trees appear in the stores next to Halloween pumpkins, we are herded into the spending rush for gift giving that will improve the end-of-the-year retail bottom-line. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving has become “Christmas-lite”…

Repeating History: Be On Your Guard
Blue Lines, Culture, Featured

Repeating History: Be On Your Guard

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. – 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Over and over, again and again, we seem doomed to repeat history. We behave as if the problems of the past never existed and we fail miserably to identify the circumstances that led…

Selfies, Tweets, and Memes…Success, They Do Not Ensure
Blue Lines, Culture

Selfies, Tweets, and Memes…Success, They Do Not Ensure

The presidential election has come and gone like a bad storm. The forecasters had their day and proved as prone to imperfection as any meteorologist. The warnings and advisories were plentiful but raised all sorts of false expectations and ignored the fact that whichever way the winds blew; everyone was going to get wet. Inevitably,…

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