Boy, What A Month!

My grandson, Jack, is one month old today.

He is such a wonder, such a joy; he is one lovable, huggable boy.

Jack 12:12

Still So Far To Go

Believe In The Beacon

Our home facing the Atlantic Ocean in Rhode Island is named The Beacon. We chose this in honor of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the world.

Hurricane Sandy recently devastated our shoreline and ravaged our house. We pray that, by the mercy and power of our Lord, Misquamicut will rise to thrive again and our home will be restored to the haven it has been for 100 years.

June 2012, Standing Tall, Unharmed before Hurricane

June 2012, Standing Tall, Unharmed before Hurricane

Mugwumps Rising

I’m a Mugwump. That is, a person who remains independent, especially refraining from party politics. Mugwumps abhor political machines and the stench of patronage spoils.

Both parties today (or the “permanent governing class,” as I call them) nominated unworthy candidates who will not get much done for Americans. Instead, they cater to lobbyists and party wingtips. They mouth “middle class,” but prefer to kindle class wars, rather than creating common ground.

I’m sick and tired of Republicans and Democrats presuming that they rule over us. Given the wealth that DC denizens take in during and after government jobs, greed and power-mongering explain their behavior. What explains ours?

Arise, Mugwumps! We have nothing to lose but the usual suspects.

In Loving Memory

My great-great-grandfather, Abraham Van Orden, was Harbor Master of New York in 1851.

He could not have imagined that his city would look like this 150 years later (in August 2001, when this photo was taken).

In 2012, I can still barely comprehend that our city no longer looks like this, ever since 9/11/2001. This September, as every September since that day, my heart and prayers go out to families, loved ones, and neighbors of Americans who died that tragic day. May we always hold their memories dear, and honor the devotion of our countrymen who came to serve in dire times. May God bless America.

Purpose, Continuity, and Empathy

Barbara Krasner interviewed me today for her blog, ~ the words in the heading of this post are three key concepts I emphasized in our discussion. So check it out and see what you think.

Interview with John Bowman, CEO of The Bowman Group.

Both. Sides. Now.

For decades, clouds meant my commute might become rainy. Ugly prospect.

Yesterday, I lay on my back for hours watching clouds on a bright blue sky, scudding across the horizon.

I was wrong. Judi was right. There are two sides. Clouds are beautiful, too.