PRAXIS: action, not just theory

A friend of mine was studying for her doctorate in theology at Boston College and kept talking about praxis.  I went for the longest time pretending that I knew what she was talking about before I took the time to look it up and discovered that it is a very important word which describes the […]

SYNERGY: The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. (Amer. Heritage Dictionary)

On the back of our Prius is the word synergy.  It refers to the ability of the engine of the car to operate on both battery and gas, changing back and forth as needed.  This synergy results in a vehicle which travels great distances, averaging 48 miles per gallon.  We have yet to achieve the […]

CATCH-22: a frustrating situation in which one is trapped by contradictory regulations or conditions.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the entire film, Catch-22, which was based upon the book by Joseph Heller. The theme is that of a pilot who becomes concerned about the task of bombing cities and communities.   He discovers that the only way to be relieved of his duty is to declare insanity.  However, to […]

PRECIPICE: (press’-i-piss) a cliff overhanging a sharp decline

The reality that the government of the United States has driven itself to the edge of a very dangerous cliff has given rise to the use of the word precipice. It means the sharp edge of a cliff overhanging a dangerously steep decline.   The most dramatic image I can conjure up (apart from the photo […]

TAX BREAK: a generous occurrence by the government in giving people relief from higher taxation

The lines being drawn in the sand in Congress as we speak are not difficult to understand. Several years ago President Bush led Congress in giving sizable income tax breaks to alleviate economic stress. Among those breaks were tax relief for lower income, middle income and upper income people. 85% of those receiving those tax […]

DADT: a strategic question; a moral issue

The “Don’t  Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy which has been in effect for a number of years may be in the last days of its existence.  Or, the policy may continue to be in effect.  At this point it’s up to the U.S. Congress to decide whether to eliminate the practice or continue it.   There […]