The Sixties

The Sixties

I’m offended when comedians and rock stars say “If you remember the sixties, you really weren’t there” as if drugs defined the Vietnam generation. It’s personal for me and more. In 1960 I volunteered in JFK’s presidential campaign and spent the mid-sixties in a...

Good Government is No Substitution for Self-Government

    “Good Government is no substitution for Self-government“ M.K. Gandhi Reflecting on male control of women, racism and economic exploitation of developing countries I am reminded of something Gandhi wrote in 1920; twenty-seven years before Indian...
Set Course by The Stars

Set Course by The Stars

Excellent leadership requires as much self-consciousness as confidence. Omar Bradley’s advice to “set your course by the stars, not the lights of passing ships” reminds me  “True north is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It represents...
Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant

Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant

Thomas Merton wrote “The white man, says Lauren Van Der Post came into Africa (and Asia and America for that matter) like a one-eyed giant, bringing with him the characteristic split and blindness which were at once his strength and torment and ruin… The one-eyed...
Facing Racism

Facing Racism

Growing up in a progressive white family I developed a commitment to social and economic justice yet missed the breadth and depth of my own caste privileges. As a New Yorker witnessing the Civil Rights Movement on television I believed segregation and racism was a...

High School is Never Over

In this season of graduations and reunions I am reminded of a scene from the movie Jane Austin Book Club. A wife returns from her high school reunion still angry at a classmate who stole her adolescent boyfriend. The husband asks why she still cares. She responds that...