August 6, 2019

There is clearly something wrong in America. We didn’t need two more mass shootings over the past weekend to convince us of that, but they certainly did shine a glaring spotlight on our defects and instability. Anyone who is unaware of the crisis in this country need only peruse the media headlines in the days and weeks BEFORE the recent shootings, and s/he will find all the evidence needed to conclude that we are a nation at...

Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines, recently gave the graduation keynote speech for Southern Methodist University’s class of 2019 — and his message is urgent for these divided times.

Parker said that current levels of political polarization in the U.S. may seem normal to young people, but are concerning to older generations who know it hasn’t always been this way — and encouraged them to stop it from becoming th...

May 21, 2019

I want to apologize from the get go. I am, by virtue of writing and disseminating this article, contributing to the problem. The problem is only getting worse, and I am hereby guilty of aggravating it further.

The problem is the ubiquity of commentary and critique. So much commentary and critique! Everyone’s a pundit. An expert. Myself included. My opinion somehow matters so much that I need to push it out to as many readers as...

April 29, 2019

There is a Police presence at my children’s school today in the wake of the shooting at a synagogue in San Diego. And there is a grotesque cartoon (which I refuse to reprint) in the New York Times from this past weekend which exposes deep and blatant anti-semitism in one of the country’s oldest and most trusted newspapers. It’s a troubling time! Troubling not just for Jews, but for all of us who dwell somewhere near the center...

April 8, 2019

Reprinted from the New York Times, Sunday Review, March 2

I live and work in Washington. But I’m not a politics junkie. To me, politics is like the weather — it changes a lot, people drone on about it constantly, and “good” is mostly subjective. I like winter, you like summer; you’re...

March 12, 2019

Reprinted From The Washington Post 

By the Dalai Lama and Arthur C. Brooks

March 11

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington Post columnist and author...

February 19, 2019

Julia Dhar is a world debating champion.  In a time when “contempt has replaced conversation," her professed “mission in life is to help us disagree productively.”

In this timely Ted talk delivered in October of 2018, Dhar describes how the rules of formal debate and the techniques of the most successful debaters can assist us in restoring respect and mutual benefit to our social and political discourse.

As a young girl first in...

February 9, 2019

With all of the conflict in the world today, it may be a good time for all of us to take just 2 minutes out of our busy day to learn a little something about true communication ... and to laugh really hard!  

"It's Not About the Nail" is an oldie, but a goodie!  Its hilarity lies in the fact that it is so true.  What is needed in our discourse today is not more facts, not a clear determination of who is right and who is wrong -...

January 31, 2019

Better Angels, a national citizens' movement that is working to reduce political polarization in the US, is conducting their own State of the Union address this evening at 8:30 p.m.

Tune in if you are interested in a more unified way forward.

Click here, or on the image above, to learn more.

January 11, 2019

In all our passion to make America a better place, have we gotten lost in the fight?  Have we lost sight of what matters in our eagerness to be right and in our desire to be accepted?

Award-winning poet and filmmaker Max Stossel suggests that "when we let the fight take us over, we become unjust in our fight for justice."

Check out Stossel's brief and powerful spoken word TedX talk here, or by clicking the image above.

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