CHIASMUS [kahy-AZ-muh s]: a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases,


In his inauguration speech of 1961, John F. Kennedy spoke words that have been impossible to forget.  “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” They may be memorable, but…unfortunately…they have been ignored by many. Their purpose today, in this blog posting, […]

JFK’S DEATH: the loss of innocence for this country


It was exactly 50 years ago today that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  There will be lots of articles about where you were, what you were doing, and what happened when the announcement came that the President was dead.  I covered that last year in this blog.  No need to repeat […]

INDELIBLE: unable to be erased or forgotten


It is unimaginable that there is a generation  alive now in The United States which was not alive when  the attack on the Twin Towers took place.  That is not a unique experience.  Time moves along without hesitating at tragedies or celebrations. But it does signal that we have come to a point in history […]

JFK: 48 years ago today

Forty-eight years ago today President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.  The world changed that day. In the past month two publications have become available, a novel called 11/22/63  by Stephen King and a biography by Chris Matthews called Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.  I have reserved the King novel for reading over the holiday, but I’m […]

ASSASSINATE: to kill suddenly or secretively, esp. a politically prominent person (

……….“I was at my daughter’s second birthday party.”“My staff and I were on company retreat on Long Island.”“I was in the hospital having heart surgery.”“We were travelling in Europe and had stopped at a cafe for dinner.” November 22, 1963, is one of those dates in American history which calls forth such comments. It was […]