Believing the Best

I like to believe the best about people.  When I see some winsome character on television telling me that this or that is true, I want to believe them.  Then, a few minutes later, an equally winsome character on another channel tells me that the truth is exactly opposite from what I heard from the […]


Words are often inadequate to express deep emotions.  How does one describe love? I only know that I was wrapped in a cocoon of deep affection from the time I arrived on earth.  At the center of it all was my mother – that wonderful woman that I was privileged to call Mom.   I […]

Free Trade – Another Look

Free trade advocates have dominated economic thinking in Washington for decades.  In August 2018 I posted an article in this blog questioning some of its assumptions. The Spring 2020 issue of National Affairs contains a defense of free trade  written by Richard Reinsch, II, editor of Law & Liberty. His target is the industrial policy aimed at […]

He Loves Me. He Don’t.

  I know not whether the practice continues today, but in times past young ladies would sometimes dream of love and express their hopes by slowly picking the petals of a flower and alternately saying,  “He loves me.”  “He loves me not.” Back in the age of dinosaurs when I was a teen, I remember […]

In the Eyes of the Beholder

It is interesting to note how we see things so differently.  Our world view has a profound effect upon how we interpret events, even to the point of describing an object black on some occasions and other times seeing it as white. The recent controversy over the sexual assault charges against Joe Biden is a […]

Pump Out the Bilge

  The bilge is the lowest part of a ship where the bottom curves up to meet the sides. The water that collects there is also called bilge.   Bilge water becomes foul and dirty.  Boats of any size have a bilge pump to remove accumulating bilge water. We might say the same thing about our government […]

Gunfights and Posses

  During the coronavirus shutdown people are watching lots of movies and old TV shows.. Most people love a good western.  They admire the soft-speaking,  hard-fisted hero epitomized by actors like John Wayne and James Arness.  The television show Gunsmoke starring Arness was a prime-time staple for many years, and millions of Americans watched the […]