Category: Soap Box

The doctor on call for my June 29 appendectomy happened to be a proctologist, one of the many random details that came rushing at me as my gurney careened toward the operating room. In the 15 minute Tsunami of activity that had taken place between determining my appendix was counting down to detonation and the looming surgery, I had barely begun to…

In the wake of the tragic cowardly attacks in NYC on Tuesday (10.31.2017), I have this vision of ISIS leaders monitoring American news outlets and once again gleefully shaking their heads with a combination of jubilation and disbelief.  Unarmed innocent women, children and men killed or injured. “Shukran!”   Major media outlets obsess and plaster […]

I had a vision that Chief of staff John Kelly took another walk through Arlington Cemetery late Saturday. To the haunting sound of a bugler playing Taps, he stepped among and then beyond the stones of some of the finest men and women on earth, stopping finally at a cheap plastic picket fence that delineated […]

The press limits and fixates its reporting of earthquakes to measurements on the Richter scale. They toss us a number, usually projected at the epicenter of a target behind them, and we take their dollop of science and run with it. The higher the number, the greater the pucker factor.  Done. But the Richter scale […]

I imagine that Donald Trump is struggling to find the appropriate words to thank America for placing his apprenticeship at the helm and electing him into office.  Perhaps this letter will help him to express his gratitude. To My Fellow Americans, It is with feigned humility that I thank you for this incredible honor to serve as your […]

Gandhi, Dr. King, Lincoln, Bhutto, Mandela, Malala. These names blaze as beacons of courage, enlightenment, hope, social justice, integrity and resolve. Each exposed and confronted injustice at great personal expense, never skulking in the shadows, never cowering from threats, never mistaking violence for courage and always recognizing hatred for the gross extension of ignorance that […]