COWED [koud]: frightened with intimidation

cowed

To be cowed is to be so frightened and intimidated by someone that it causes you to shrink and accede to their demands.  It is a word from the Norse/Danish languages which means to oppress.  It has found its way into the American English language in the sense of intimidation and pressure so great that […]

INTERDEPENDENCE: mutually reliant on each other

interdependence

Sometimes we get so engaged with a concept that we allow it to become overwhelming.  That is the case in America, I believe , with a limited and dangerous understanding of the word independence.   Throughout the history of this country we have waved the banner of independence, based upon our understanding of what it meant […]

USURP [yoo-SURP]: to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right:*

usurp

One of the more incredible things to happen in world politics over the past several months has been the theft of the Ukrainian region of Crimea by the Russians.    In a bold, unabashedly deliberate act, the troops of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, moved his troops into the primarily Russian-speaking region of Ukraine and usurped […]