Learning about my history has been part of my life from my youngest remembrances. From the German-speaking church I attended until the 2nd grade, to the regular family gatherings with the Wolske’s, Kublick’s, Henkelman’s, and other blood relatives, to K-12 school homework assignments, my German ancestry has been at the forefront of storytelling and more… Continue reading My History, My Present
Earlier this decade I realized that I needed to [re-]introduce myself to alternative political perspectives on justice if I was to improve my professional and personal goals of collaborating with an increasing diversity of people in order to achieve a more just society. I found James Sterba’s book, Justice: Alternative Political Perspectives a good starting point in that… Continue reading Democracy and Popular Mobilization: Notes from Francis Fukuyama
Would Hitler’s Germany have been any more acceptable had they not had expansionist ambitions? Certainly not! Would it have been any more tolerated by the other nations of the world? Probably so. As Trump unmasks the fear and willingness to react violently and with hate, as we live into a representation of 1930’s Germany, albeit… Continue reading Trump and the Need for Just Peace
I get up, get dressed, eat breakfast before heading out into my shop. As I stretch and look around, I wonder, do I need a table saw? I visit a friend and take a seat in their gourmet kitchen. As we chat over a fine wine, we ask, do they need a meat clever? I… Continue reading Does a Library Need Books, and Other Silly Questions
Today is the start of the Martin Luther King, Jr. long weekend in the United States. There are a lot of great celebrations, remembrances, prayer breakfasts, and acts of service that will be done as part of the three day weekend. I’d like to add another possible way to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this… Continue reading Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.