March 21, 2020

(Published March 6, 2020 in the Scranton Times-Tribune)

My daughters hate the way I schmooze.

“How come every time we go to a restaurant, Dad ends up knowing the server’s life story, or becoming best friends with the people at the table next to us?” one of them inevitabl...

September 27, 2017

When I speak to audiences of children about my books on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, I emphasize the role of debate and compromise in the creation of both of these charters of government. I say that compromise means giving up something to get something. I expla...

March 27, 2017

I recently spent a wonderful day touring unspoiled and remote Daufuskie Island, South Carolina ably guided by my friend and fellow author, Roger Pinckney Xi. Daufuskie is a haunting and beautiful place, situated in the Calibogue Sound between Hilton Head and Savannah,...

January 20, 2017

I'm an optimist, and a wait and see kind of guy. I'm not happy about the incoming administration, but I'm going to hold my fire for now. I believe in the system, I believe in separation of powers, I believe in checks and balances. I believe they are there for a reason,...

January 12, 2017

I've told my kids for as long as I can remember that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. So watching Blackish last night made me think about whether I'm following my own advice.

I'm not happy about the election. My Republican friends would say I wouldn't have bee...

November 5, 2016

Saw this article today and consider it worth sharing, not just for the conclusion drawn by this former Marine officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but moreso for his explanation of why so many people are supporting Donald Trump: He says in part:

"I can appreciate...

July 28, 2016

I remember the first time I watched political conventions on TV.

It was the summer of 1964 and I was 9 years old.  That year the Republicans had a contentious primary fight as Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller battled for the nomination. Other candidates also emerg...

July 10, 2016

Upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin famously said: "[W]e must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately."

That was a great line for the time and accurately if pithily reflected the dangerous course to which the signer...

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