Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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Don’t confuse anger for passion
Posted at: Jun/02/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, People, Society, Sports,
Youth sports are big in my life. I got into soccer with my oldest son and have spent the last 13 years seeing the best and worst of what youth sports can produce. Over the years I have watched kids grow into adults and go from chasing butterflies, to creating phenomenal strategic attacks and brilliant goal scoring plays. These young people have learned the satisfaction of athletic endeavor, the.....read more…
Not all Anti-Muslim’s are created equal
Posted at: May/30/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Religion,
In recent months there have been two significant terror attacks by Islamic extremists in two different western democracies. Despite the similarities in extremist hatred with both attacks, that’s where their commonality ends. The public response to the bombings in Boston at its namesake marathon on April 15 and the attack on a British soldier on a London street on May 22 exemplify the differences .....read more…
What about North Korea?
Posted at: Apr/30/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, World Watching,
History has a strange but consistent way of repeating itself. Anyone who tells you they know what Kim Jong Un and North Korea will do next is really just guessing. Nevertheless, historical events give us a lot of insight into patterns of cause and effect. Understanding the players, local status quo and regional history are useful. It is also important to understand that just because something s.....read more…
Why baseball lives on
Posted at: Apr/24/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Perspectives, Sports, Watching America,
It’s April and the start of another baseball season. As with any new baseball season we are inundated with the predictions by experts; who’ll win the divisions, the pennants and ultimately the World Series? I am a big fan of history and through history I have learned these predictions by experts will not go away, and that they are invariably wrong….How do these guys get away with being perceived .....read more…
Guns, Violence and Common Sense
Posted at: Apr/18/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Common Sense, Politics & Gov, Society, The Law, Watching America,
Nothing creates a passionate outcry faster and louder than the killing of children. From the Columbine High School massacre in April of 1999, to Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012; these are tragedies of the first order. We are instantly stirred to fervently ask “what can we do to prevent this from ever happening again.” In the wake of this tragedy, lots of things are getting blame.....read more…
Carnage, Courage and Choice
Related Category: People, Society, Watching America,
On April 15, 2013 a tragedy occurred on Boylston Street in Boston.
Roughly 27,000 runners participated in the 2013 running of the Boston Marathon. As one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, runners participate from across the globe. For an event of this caliber, the fastest runners will cross the finish line in roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes with an average pace of 5-1/2 minutes.....read more…
Where to pin a medal?
Posted at: Mar/21/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Watching America,
In case you had not heard, one of the last acts by outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was the announcement of the creation of a new medal now available to members of our armed services. To be eligible for this award, military service members must have done something significant while operating drones or launching cyber-attacks against our enemies. This new medal is called the “Distingu.....read more…
Finding humanity in the midst war
Posted at: Mar/14/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, Historical Insights, People,
As a member of the baby-boomer generation, many of the parents of my childhood friends were either WWII or Korean War veterans. I remember seeing in many homes the framed pictures of young men standing in front of their aircraft, or knelling in the mud with the rifles at hand. As a kid, seeing these pictures or the framed medals always prompted questions and awe. My questions were most often an.....read more…
The Dow at a record high…?
Posted at: Mar/07/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics, Perspectives,
Did you hear the news? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (aka the Dow) closed today at a record high of 14,254, easily blowing past the previous record set in October of 2007 at 14,198. After the 2007 peak, the Dow plummeted 54% for the next 18 months, finding a bottom in March of 2009 at 6,547. I would like to say that I feel real good about this news, heck…numbers don’t lie; Unfortunately, some.....read more…
When TV and computers collide
Posted at: Feb/14/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Science,
Back in the early 1990’s some smart people started noticing that televisions and computers were on a collision course. The majority of these prognosticators used the term “convergence” and viewed television and their related industry as the ultimate winner. People may still watch thing they call “TV shows,” but they are watching them in a lot of places besides on their television. Woops, that di.....read more…