Getting Happy

Getting Happy

I make grits on weekend mornings.  As a vegan, I try to make organic grits and I have them with soy-sausage or scrambled tofu rather than the corned beef hash, scrambled tofu or fried liver on which I was raised.  Eating grits on the weekends reminds me of leisurely...
The Power Of Honesty

The Power Of Honesty

I have a confession: I like soap operas.  Not all, but a couple.  I’ve been following their story lines for years.  At the end of almost every weekday, I indulge myself by watching the day’s episode online.  It seems like a perfect mindless wasy to unwind.  I jokingly...
Evidence

Evidence

I find comfort in those two tones that indicate that an episode of a “Law and Order” franchise is coming on.  I don’t mind watching reruns because I’ve usually forgotten the outcome.  I feel the same way about the “CSI” franchises and the television show “House.” ...
Fully Human

Fully Human

“What does it mean to be a human being?”  This is one of those questions I heard in the opening lecture to the required philosophy class in college.  It was the kind of thing that made me not like philosophy.  I wasn’t interested in hearing historical and contemporary...
Community

Community

For decades I’ve heard Barbra Streisand’s voice crooning out words I know to be true: “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.”  Of course, I think that people needing people aren’t just lucky; they’re human.  I think we all need other...