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...]

45 Women

It would be interesting to discover the kinds of legislation passed and how the conversations in Congress would evolve if the 536 federally elected officials really did mirror the rainbow of people living and voting in the U.S. We’ll have a new c … [Read more...]

Two Cheers for Education

I’m not ready for a full-throated set of three “Huzzahs” for education just yet. The 2,000 plus page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that will keep the government open through August, at least showed some spunk even though still woefully short in … [Read more...]

Celebrating MLK

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago today in Memphis, Tennessee while trying to assist striking sanitation workers in their plight for a sliver of respect. I suspect I’m not telling any of you anything new. Dr. K … [Read more...]