a crumbling pillar in our democracy

“Let me draw a distinction,” said former House Speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich in Hanover, New Hampshire in early October of this year.  “Virtually every American has a reason to be angry. I think virtually [every] American has a reason to be worried. I think the people who are protesting in Wall Street break into two groups: one is left-wing agitators who would be happy to show up next week on any other topic, and the other is sincere middle-class people who frankly are very close to the Tea Party people who care. And actually… you can tell which are which. The people who are decent, responsible citizens pick up after themselves. The people who are just out there as activists trash the place and walk off and are proud of having trashed it, so let’s draw that distinction.” Continue reading “a crumbling pillar in our democracy” »

Making Merry in Kentucky

No matter where we happen to be in the world or what path we happen to take, my friends and I have decided that this yearly weekend tradition will live on no matter what.  For the past four years in the spirit of the most festive time of year we have gotten together in eastern Kentucky at the residence of Mark and Randee Walz to reunite and celebrate Christmas together.  Even now as college graduates we still continue our Christmas weekend tradition with lots of delicious food prepared by cyber world renown chef The Marque, festive specialty coffees, Christmas movies, shopping and filming an annual exclusive Christmas music video. So today we’re kicking off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape  because the most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin! Continue reading “Making Merry in Kentucky” »

the beginning is near

This fall, a conversation started that has captured global attention.  A conversation that might be the most interesting in decades; something that’s never before happened has sprung up and sparked a giant awakening.

This conversation has really stirred a lot of people on all ends of the political and ideological spectrums.  It’s a discussion that’s been debated, skewed, spun, extremely confused, tried to be stamped out, silenced, manipulated and in some cases hijacked or attempts to hijack by people, political factions and of course, the media.  In many cases the conversation has been greatly misunderstood, seen by some as an incredible threat and by others, an incredible hope. Continue reading “the beginning is near” »