Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Beatings Never Really Stop

Not my story, thank God, but one worthy of documentation and remembrance.
Dating the woman who would become my wife I asked in the course of casual conversation about growing up, “…and remember when you would walk in the door and your dad would knock you to the floor, kicking and hitting and yelling?” She stared at me in stunned silence. There is no normal. The rational has been torn away from your ability to grasp it.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Literacy in America


"Illiterate and semiliterate Americans are condemned not

only to poverty, but also to the powerlessness of

incomprehension. Knowing that they do not understand

the issues, and feeling prey to manipulative over-

simplifications, they do not trust the system of which they

are supposed to be the masters. They do not feel

themselves to be attractive participants in our republic,

and they often do not turn out to vote."


Saturday, September 13, 2014

This Happened Tonight Near Seattle

My brother proposed. He surprised his fiancée by secretly flying from Peoria, IL to Seattle. He'd asked our sister and brother-in-law to invite TH for dinner. They told her PJ had sent a surprise; close your eyes. When she opened them, there he was on bended knee.


She said, "Yes." Details are developing toward a November wedding. TBC