Thursday, June 18, 2020

On June 8, Hennepin County (Minnesota) District Court Judge Karen Janisch signed a far-reaching order that, among other provisions, flatly prohibits the Minneapolis Police Department from using chokeholds or neck restraints of any kind “for any reason.”

Thursday, May 07, 2020

The earliest military death carved into the 140 polished black stone panels of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is that of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. of North Weymouth, Mass. He was killed in Saigon on June 8, 1956, at the age of 35.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Welcome to the stay-at-home community! In addition to processing the various and often conflicting news reports, cleaning the house again and again, and trying to get outside for exercise, I find myself consuming much more coffee than usual. In an effort to inject a bit more ‘health” into th…

Thursday, April 09, 2020

As a septuagenarian, I have never envisioned in my lifetime what we are experiencing. I could have conceived of a nuclear exchange occurring; it almost happened during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

I am recently retired from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but I still get university emails announcing various events. Recently, I received an email containing an attached flyer publicizing a panel discussion on “Considering National Security in the 2020s.” 

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Monday, February 03, 2020

Tu B’Shvat, or “The New Year of the Trees”, begins this year at sunset on February 10.  This joyous celebration has developed into an ecological day of sorts, reminding us of our connection to the earth. The Jews are considered caretakers of the environment; as such, traditions include donat…