RUBBLED: Broken bits and pieces of anything, as that which is demolished


It’s interesting how words get created.   Today’s word, rubbled, for instance, doesn’t even appear in dictionaries, yet it figured prominently in an article in the international news this past week. Its root word, rubble,  is well known.  It is a word that describes the cluttered mess left when a building either falls down or is […]

WAR: my lengthy commentary on a controversial subject by Jed Waverly

It seems like a no-brainer to me today as I think about it carefully.  In fact, it makes me feel like a real idiot that I haven’t been clearer about it in the past.   But today I am taking a break from my work and just thinking.    I read both newspapers in the morning and […]

FOREIGN POLICY: a policy pursued by a nation in its dealings with other nations, designed to achieve national objectives.


More than enough has been said in recent weeks about some peoples’ perspective on President Obama and his foreign policy.  It has been interesting to me to notice that some of those making the most dramatic (and the most reported) statements are people for whom the American people have no patience…i.e., Dick Cheney. It’s awfully […]

CIVIL WAR: military aggression within a nation by citizens of that nation

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I suspect that there are many who, like me, spent years thinking that there was only one Civil War.  Maybe it’s because it was called “The Civil War.”    But as I continued in my study of  History it became evident that there have been hundreds upon hundreds of insurrections with countries in which citizens took […]

FITNA: a state of trouble or chaos


I read a full-page letter/advertisement from the nation of Turkey in the New York Times the other day in which the writers were committing themselves to continuing friendship and support for the people of Syria.  In the midst of the letter the authors used the word fitna as if to say that this support would exist […]

DECADE: ten years


When you get to my age the idea of a decade is a mixed bag.   You can count backwards and realize that there have been any number of decades which represent various phases of your life.   Childhood, adolescence, college years, marriage, children, career, successes, failures, weddings, retirement, etc.   Right now it’s the “etc.” that counts. […]