Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is something that is severely lacking in the sociocultural environment of the United States of America. Everyone from the president on down to the average person on the street seems to feel that the only way anyone will listen to what they have to say is to scream, ranch, curse, and insult. I’m... Continue Reading →

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Remember Remember the 22nd of November

Today is the 22nd of November, 2018. It is Thanksgiving Day, a holiday to celebrate all we AmericNA GIVE THANKS FOR ll our blessings. It celebrates an historical event - the First Thanksgiving - wherwe Pilgrim immigrants to America sat down with the native Americans to celelbrate a bountiful first  harvest and the friendship of... Continue Reading →

This Land Is Your Land

T “his land is your land.” This land is my last.” That is the opening line to one of the most iconic folksongs ever written. Most of you are probably familiar with the Peter, Paul, and Mary rendition. I want you to listen to the original recording by the man who wrote the song, Woody... Continue Reading →

The Concept of Other Part Three

As I discussed earlier in this series, the first people we recognize as part of “us” are our parents and siblings. That group will expand in a short time to include everyone in our “extended” family. So how do we define who is a member of our family? According to American anthropologist David M. Schneider,... Continue Reading →

The Concept of Other Part Two

Yes, I know I said I would discuss the metaphysics behind the concept of other in the previous installment. However, after weeks of thinking about this concept, I realized I needed to discuss the sociological/anthropological aspects of other much more than I originally planned. Part two is the continuation of that discussion. Part three will... Continue Reading →

The Concept of Other

Today the article was inspired by a discussion I had on Facebook with some of my friends about the whole issue of of immigration. I am a first-generation immigrant and very proud of that. I came to this country in 1952 when I was almost 4 years old. That means I have lived in United... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Violence Part Four

Writing this final installment on my cultural violence series has been very difficult. I know what I want to say in a rather amorphous way, but finding the words to explain my point of this whole series has been much like a difficult birth. When my wife Elizabeth was pregnant with our daughter, and she... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Violence Part Two

I am sure some of you who read the first installment think I rambled a bit. Maybe a dead. Chalk it up to writer’s prerogative, if you wish. Hopefully, by the time I get done with this particular topic, the ramblings may make more sense and seem more appropriate. Anyway, let’s get to the point.... Continue Reading →

The Culture Of Violence Part One

My post today centers specifically on American culture and, of course, American society. I am going to talk about the place of violence in American culture and how that is reflected in American society. If you are not living under a rock in this country, I am sure you are aware of all the school... Continue Reading →

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