Faculty recently received a notice from Lily Kun in our college library about new films added to our Films on Demand subscription for our collective use. I will make the confession here that I usually pay little attention to such notices because past experience indicates that there is usually precious little of interest to me or my classes. For whatever reason, this time I decided to flip through the titles. I was rewarded by finding a film called the Rape of Nanking which documents the career of Iris Chang, the author of a controversial book on this subject.
My wife finally got her way. I recently cleaned out our storage room and worked through everything, identifying the good, the bad and the ugly. As always, there was a bunch of stuff that could be sold and I have since worked steadily to list the items on Ebay. Among the items I found was a collection of my childhood baseball mitts. I initially wanted to list them too on Ebay, but valuations were hard to come by, making a realistic asking price tough to determine. I decided to ponder the dilemma overnight and in doing so, I realized that each mitt had stories to tell and memories to tri
Like most of you, I was taken by surprise by the election of Donald Trump on Tuesday night. I took it as a given that the negative pounding that Hillary gave him shook many undecided voters, a pounding powered by a multi-million dollar war chest contributed by deep pocketed donors. She had the media in her pocket, and armies of supporters ready to launch a powerful “ground game” on election day. With all of these advantages, what could go wrong?
Like many people I meet, I am totally depressed about our upcoming election. Unlike a lot of them, I think it is a very big deal. Beneath the rancor and name calling, may lie a hidden agenda that signals the end of democracy as we know (or knew) it.
One of the things I am good at- or so I am told – is making connections between events. Individually, events don’t mean much, but woven into a logical whole, a pattern emerges. Call me crazy, but I see just such a pattern in the current election.