Endings, beginnings, aspirations and expectations

Endings, beginnings, aspirations and expectations

This week as I transitioned into living in 2018, I experienced a deep and visceral sensation that I am sitting stationary on a huge existential conveyor belt being slowly but forever pulled forward on a great master timeline.  So many times in my life the month of January has been one of endings and beginnings, both literal and metaphorical.  I remember forty years ago the passing of my last living grandparent on New Year’s morning 1978.  The following day the Barry Switzer coached Oklahoma Sooners were dealt a humiliating drubbing in the Orange Bowl at the hands of the Lou Holtz coached Arkansas Razorbacks.  The current January is showing signs of continuing in such a tradition.  Although nobody close to me died this week, on New Year’s Night, my...

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Finishing Volume 43 and reflecting on 2017

Finishing Volume 43 and reflecting on 2017

As the current year’s final hours tick by, I wax nostalgic about the binder full of daily entries I have compiled since January 1st.  The December 31st entry will bear the cataloged number of 43-365 and will mark the end of my 43rd volume of daily records, a personal activity which I began in the middle of my sophomore year of high school on January 1st, 1975.  This dedication to what is viewed mostly as a constructive personal discipline may impress a few but for the most part the feedback I have received is wrought with indifference.  This is likely due to the boring life that I tend to lead, a fact that I readily concede.  I mean just how interesting can one describe a middle aged divorced male stuck in a career rut that gets repeated over and over? ...

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Movie review: Darkest Hour

Movie review:  Darkest Hour

“Never, never, never give up!”—–Sir Winston Churchill I recall reading a fair amount about Winston Churchill in my secondary and post secondary history courses but most of the information contained in the required readings dealt more with his statesman’s acts as Britain’s Prime Minister and his dealings with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.  I do not recall any of those readings delving into the actual life of the man beyond his demographics, education, military and government service.  Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Anthony McCarten have teamed to create an excellent political drama about the crisis days of May 1940 in their film Darkest Hour.  In their depiction of the British Parliament’s process of selecting a...

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Redefining Republicanism

Redefining Republicanism

Oklahoma’s own Will Rogers made ample use of the Law of Holes adage “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!”  There isn’t really  a dearth of such common sense under that big dome on Capitol Hill.  It has simply taken a back seat to political expedience or, more accurately, political survival.  Republicans at all levels of government are reading the writing on the wall and have gotten themselves on board with an unnecessary and unpopular tax cut.  I have been laying low and taking due note of how this newly minted legislation was packaged as “tax reform” and how it stacks up in the eyes of the American public when compared to previous such measures.  Make no mistake, this legislation was not needed as much as it was...

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Assembling purveyors of better ideas

Assembling purveyors of better ideas

Organizing persons unified by common ideas can be a very tall order.  Regular readers may recall my account from a few months ago of the 2017 Oklahoma Democratic Party Convention in A long day at the sausage factory.   I’m fairly certain I could get a consensus that anyone willing to put up with such a tedious and often contentious process of electing leaders of a major state political party possesses a level of dedication and resolve far above average with far greater depth of commitment than that of the average citizen.  If I were a betting man I would double down on the likelihood that every one of those 620+ delegates attending that convention at some point asked themselves subconsciously if not outright, “Why am I here?  Why am I involved in...

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