Blockade Runners

  Blockade Runner Modern Greece Run Aground Near Fort Fisher in 1862 When I was a young boy growing up near Greensboro, North Carolina, there were still reminders of the Civil War around us.  It was 65 only years in the past, less time than now separates us from the Korean War.  There were a […]

Virtues and Values

As a ninety year old, one of the saddest and most distressing things I have observed in my lifetime is the loss of manners.  I believe I could write on that subject at some length.  Instead, I have chosen to selectively quote from an article on this subject by Jeff Minick.  For 20 years Mr. […]

The Grapes of Wrath

Today our dear nation is undergoing a hurricane of turbulence.  On top of COVID-19, we now have race riots. As I see our cities burn, I think of God’s admonition in the Old Testament where he spoke of “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them […]

A City On Fire!

Minneapolis is on fire! Many blacks believe themselves to be unfairly targeted by law enforcement officers and subject to excessive sentences by the courts; and years of real and perceived oppression have given many blacks an extremely negative view of the entire legal establishment, especially the police. Most police officers attempt to enforce the law […]

Journalistic Woes

Recently, McClatchy Company, the publisher of the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, and dozens of other newspapers across the country filed for bankruptcy protection. The newspaper industry has been devastated by changing technology that sent the vast majority of people online in search of news. While McClatchy and others have pushed […]

Polite Politics

  President Trump continues to disturb many of his supporters by his petty vindictiveness and his frequent violations of the norms of polite political intercourse.  There are others, of course, who cheer him on. They are delighted that they finally have a fearless leader who is willing to fight back against the scurrilous attacks from […]

Freedom Ring!

My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From ev’ry mountainside Let freedom ring! My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My heart […]

Dysspeakia – A Newly Identified Neurological Disorder

  Dyslexia – Dyslexia is defined as chronic neurological disorder causing one great difficulty in learning to read or spell, despite a normal intelligence. It inhibits recognition and processing of graphic symbols, particularly those pertaining to language. Symptoms may include very poor reading skills, reversed word and letter sequences, and illegible handwriting. Dysgraphia – Dysgraphia […]

Springtime Fun

  Old memories from a small Carolina village, circa 1936. In the months of May and June there was always a riot of color.  Young girls would often stroll through the fields and pick wild flowers.  They would weave these flowers into garlands, sometimes worn like a necklace or other times fashioned into a crown.  […]

Trump the Racist?

Trump has been accused of being a racist since he first began to campaign for president in 2015. Of course, some Democrats seem to believe that all Republicans are racists. When Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary, he referenced the Nazi/white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Trump’s response to it as the reason he […]