Five things Americans may be learning

Learning liberty again.

Christmas candle 2Are Americans learning anything from our protracted moment of twisting in the wind under the Obama administration?

That’s a good question for this Christmas season.  I’m not convinced we have reached the tipping point at which enough Americans understand that the unquestioned assumptions we live by – assumptions instituted in our culture decades ago – are what’s killing our way of life.  But we are blessed to be able to get our education Continue reading “Five things Americans may be learning”

Five phenomena of popular culture about which I am 100 percent clueless

Don’t know much about Honey Boo Boo.

Does it mean you are living a permanent “senior moment,” that you see more and more pop-culture references you can’t follow at all?

I don’t know.  I’m not sure I would have known more about these particular phenomena if I were, say, 20 years younger in the year 2013.  In 1993, when I was 20 years younger, there wasn’t nearly so much marginalia in our passing culture.  I’m not sure the issue is age, here, so much as the “informational” transformation that has made it possible for such a dense succession of pointless and unmemorable manifestations to parade before the average person’s consciousness in a given day.

But maybe I’m just getting old.  I do want to note, with some pride, that I have finally gotten a slightly better clue than I once had about what the word “Kardashian” means.  There was a long time there when, for all I knew, it could have been the name of one of those exotic, “French” diseases.

OK, here goes, in no particular order. Continue reading “Five phenomena of popular culture about which I am 100 percent clueless”