For many veterans “normal” is forever changed, and profoundly affects their children and family members for generations. Injuries are even more complicated and severe than in past wars. Traumatic brain injury, though not physically visible, is every bit as devastating. This is an overwhelming problem and the Veterans Administration can only do so much, leaving families to take up the slack. If families aren’t up to the challenge, homelessness may be the next stop.
We are signaling our common humanity to each other, like beacons in the dark, and find comfort knowing that others are reaching out to us as we reach out to them.
The scrawny gimpy old black guy hustling for change in the intersection with his Dunkin’ Donuts cup last night in the cold jolted my awareness, yet again, that we will look back on this era as the Second Dark Age. Seeing suffering diminishes us, whether it is our fellow human beings or animals. It is … Continue reading Looking Back on the Second Dark Age
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell’s new book splendidly portrays what can happen when brilliance meets advantage and opportunity. And what doesn’t happen when brilliance runs into the brick wall of family dysfunction. Gladwell’s premise is that those who spectacularly outperform everyone else were not just brilliant, they were also able to take advantage of the opportunities that … Continue reading When Brilliance Meets Opportunity – or Doesn’t
The economy is no longer in free fall – GREAT! Too many of our countrymen are on economic life support or should be – BOOHOO! Speculation about the jobless recovery is chilling. Many predict that our old ways of spending are gone forever. That is necessary, appropriate and painful. By not spending, less money is … Continue reading Strategy for the New Economy
Wall Street’s betrayal of the American public triggered the worldwide economic tsunami that threatens millions worldwide.