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Each of Us Is Responsible for Our Democracy

“How could this have happened?”

“Who is responsible?”

“Where was the security force?”

“How do we gird for further onslaughts?”

Which Resolutions Do You Break?

“Pretend for a moment that it is December 31st, 2020. What do you see? What has the year been for you? What have been the major events in your life as well as those closest to you?” Those were the first two lines of my Holiday Blog last year.

Giving Tuesday, or Any Day

December 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday. If ever there was a year to celebrate Giving Tuesday, it is 2020. One problem with Giving Tuesday is that every charitable organization is looking for your support, and they are all worthy (at least almost all).

You People, Have to be the Strongest Group of People I Ever Saw

Stephen Stills, of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (CSN and Y) fame, with the backdrop of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, stated “…you people, have to be the strongest group of people I ever saw.” He prefaced this with “Three days, man, three days.” referring to the three days on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, N.Y.

Be Nice

Being nice has become a challenge. I see it in myself, those around me, on television, and in the social media milieu. COVID-19, state/local shutdowns/restrictions, economic tumult, our annualized election cacophony, hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, fires in the far West, overt social injustice, rioting, and attacks on peace officers.

SCC Restart – Let the Learning Resume

My personal and professional life experiences have been guided by two irrevocable beliefs. A fidelity to learning and education is the solution to every problem. This all builds on the concept that learning is a vital life function. Everyone is capable of learning; however, we learn at different rates and levels.

COVID-19 Restart: Let’s Do This Right

COVID-19 has devastated the families and friends of more than 135,000 Americans. It is difficult to process the magnitude of the loss.

After the protests, demonstrations, marches…..

Black Lives Matter protest marches and demonstrations have dominated the past month on the heels of George Floyd’s death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. This may have been a tipping point, a saturation of reality, or maybe just the beginning of something, but there is no denying the fact that a movement is afoot.

A Traumatized Nation: What’s Next?

Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities begins, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” Isn’t that always the truth? The back half of that opener has never been more apparent than today. The following is not a political statement, only a personal reflection.

The facts:

The COVID-19 Effect Upon Your SCC

Think of the words you didn’t know in January, that you know today. Coronavirus was simply a beer joke. Herd immunity was something that applied to cows. Flattening the curve was your effort to drop Christmas cookie weight. Life changed since those carefree days of January.