Ready, Set, Vote

Primary elections are over and now it’s time citizens go to work. Just in case you’ve been living in a tree, we have mid-term elections coming up in seven weeks. In our republic we like to say we get to choose our representatives. That isn’t exact … [Read more...]

The Invisible President

Invisible may seem an odd word when describing a man with his face on television, actions in headlines, and name on the tip of every tongue every day of every week. Sure, he is present at well attended rallies frequented by those who approve of this … [Read more...]

“America, love it or leave it.”

I see that quote on bumper stickers, tee-shirts, and hear it in America First and nationalist rants. They are generally complaining about immigrants or refugees who do not speak English well, don’t follow certain customs, wear “non-American” clothes, … [Read more...]

Prescription for a Small-Town Disaster

There is a casualty of Donald Trump’s tariff/tax increase and it may end up being an entire town. Poplar Bluff, a small, Missouri town, was thriving a year ago because the biggest business in town was selling its product, nails, all over the w … [Read more...]

Road Trip!

Mrs. Making-Sentences and I are on vacation. As we were in preparations, you know; donating the newspaper delivery to the local school, seeing that the cats are well cared for, putting a hold on the mail, and informing the neighbor it’s time to repay … [Read more...]

Established or not Established: That is the Question

The Declaration of Independence celebrated its 242nd birthday last week. The Fourth of July is always a fun day donning flag colors to fete our government and ourselves as a nation unique in the world. The party on the National Mall is prominent on … [Read more...]

Seekers Have a Right to Seek

Last time this column opened discussion about the immigrants already here (Congress Has Forgotten How to Say “Yes”, June 13). The other group, those who want to come here, have been in the news a lot in the last few weeks. Let me be clear about some b … [Read more...]

Congress Has Forgotten How to Say “Yes”

The United States is a country of immigrants. We are the only country founded on the ideas of freedom and inclusion. We must keep reminding ourselves because we are a long-time reaching those ideals. Being that unique country, it only makes sense … [Read more...]

“Shining City on a Hill”: Come Out of the Fog

Being president of the United States requires skills as an architect, an engineer, and a contractor. Putting the work of the people into practice is important, but not nearly as important as being the spiritual leader. I’m not suggesting any sort of r … [Read more...]

Relationship-Based Education: A Game-Changer–Again

Much of what is “new” in education isn’t. We are seeing the stirrings of what is being called Relationship-based Education Design (RED), but like a lot in education, it isn’t really new. An older idea is being dusted off and repurposed. There isn’t an … [Read more...]