EBULLIENT [ih-BUHL-yuh nt]: overflowing with excitement and joy


I suspect there are some people in the United Kingdom who are ebullient today.  There are a good number of them in Scotland, and others throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.    The people have spoken, and it is remarkable to report that 85% of the people in Scotland voted!  That should be embarrassing to most […]

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 […]

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. […]

REVOLUTION: an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.

There have been all kinds of euphemisms employed over the past two weeks to describe the activity in the central square of Cairo and in the other cities of Egypt.  But the reality has pushed through those euphemisms:   what is happening is a revolution. The people of Egypt have lived under the organized dictatorship of […]

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 […]

POLICE ACTION: a euphemism for war

Sixty years ago the Korean War began.  That’s a sobering thought, as I realize that I can remember the whole thing…from beginning to end.  Not the details, mind you, but the simple fact that it was going on.  I was too involved in growing up to pay attention to the details. When a distant cousin […]