DEMOCRACY: a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

Sometimes we Americans can be  myopic, especially when it comes to political issues.   We have been raised in a system which teaches us that our way of government is excellent, and that we are fortunate to live in a country where democracy is understood to be the superior way of conducting a nation.  From the […]

CONTRARY: the opposite position

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?  With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row.” It was a childhood nursery rhyme, and like most of them, the words didn’t mean anything out of the ordinary to me.  It turns out that most of the nursery rhymes we learned […]

FOREFRONT: the position of greatest importance or prominence

This morning I was watching an early morning news show, absorbed in the discussion of the unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Yemen.     One of the commentators mentioned that selecting the primary news of the morning is tricky; a lot depends upon one’s perspective.   Some will be focused this morning on the selection of a […]