THIS IS … the way to spell a word …

Specifically, it is the way to spell a chronically misused word. A word that means beliefs, principles, doctrines or creeds. Let me repeat. Is the word you use when you are talking about what someone believes....

This is … Something I Stumbled Upon

… in my reading. I opened up the copy of the Federalist Papers I keep in iBooks, and saw that I’d highlighted a passage some time ago. I read it to see if it still...

This is … Hogwarts (Or Not)

This is … Hogwarts West. Or at least it should be, don’t you think? It’s actually a student hall at the University of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh which Jeff and I visited when we were Guests...

This is … Something I Saw the Other Day

 This is … a gathering of Macaws are apparently chatting while their custodian is having lunch at a local Boulanger. They are not tethered in any way, nor was their guardian anywhere in sight. He (or...

“This is…” a Photo Journal

I was poring over my cache of photos and images this morning and decided that I’d like to share them with y’all (in my opinion, the single most useful word concatenation in the universe) in...

Really, Really Pretending: Bowling Green

There is a Baha’i prayer that invokes aid from God ”to refute what is vain and false.” Since Baha’is are also not to participate in partisan politics, finding a balance between these two mandates can...

News, Fluff and Damn Fluff

I use a news aggregator to ping me with breaking news stories. My sources run the gamut from NPR to Fox to CNN to the AP News to The Guardian to DailyMail to Breitbart to...

Our Most Challenging Issue – Six

The following is the entirety of Part IV of The Vision of Race Unity: America’s Most Challenging Issue. The responsibility for the achievement of racial peace and unity in the United States rests upon both...

Our Most Challenging Issue – Five

A frequent refrain in media, in social networking memes and posts, in political rhetoric and in classrooms is that the United States is the greatest nation on Earth. It has also been called a grand...

Our Most Challenging Issue – Four

This is the fourth in a series of essays that use, as their centerpiece, the statement on race unity released some years ago by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States: The...