Nostalgia as Therapy Can any possible good come out of the past five years of American Politics? As I meditate about this question, I’m hearing the melody and words of Passenger’s hauntingly beautiful little song of recent years, “Let Her Go.” Give it a listen again, and think of “her” as a metaphor for “Liberty,”… Read More Opinion | Nostalgia as Therapy
Those of you who follow me on Twitter @kerr_vernon , know that I often harp on the need for a credible third political party as a solution to the divisive, partisan, bickering state of today’s US Politics. Recently I called on the nation’s youth to pick up the torch and create such a party. Here… Read More Opinion | For Young People: A New Political Party
Are Tattoos Just “Fashionable”? © 2018 Vernon Miles Kerr Today, my friend, former writing professor, and sometimes collaborator, Manfred Wolf retweeted: To which I replied: This little Twitter-exchange sparked a whole series of other thoughts about fashion itself and the subject of “tattooing the body,” including my limited knowledge of its history. I know that… Read More Opinion | Are Tattoos Just “Fashionable” ?
An Open Letter to our California Senators The Hon. Dianne Feinstein The Hon. Kamala Harris Dear Senators, Feinstein and Harris: I’m writing to urge you to join a rapidly growing movement in our State and Federal Legislatures to remedy the unconscionable and inequitable results of the U.S, Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Citizens United v.… Read More Opinion | Do Corporations Feel Empathy?
Hiding Light Under a Bushel Basket © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr Luke 11:33 | “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.” Even for an agnostic, a lot of wisdom can be gained… Read More Criticism | Hiding Light Under a Bushel Basket
More on Morality © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr A regular reader of this blog has probably figured me out by now; near three-quarters of a century on this planet and still agonizing over the big questions: Is there a God (with a capital “g”)? Are the “Holy” books of the world only clever and creative… Read More Opinion | More on Morality
What Makes a ‘Great Man?’ © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr You Too, Can Be a Great Man My memories of the curriculum in the California Public School System during the very early 1950s include a grade-level-spanning—almost obsessive—focus on creating “Great Men” (or Great Women.) It seems like this obsession trickled into every subject: In “Social… Read More Opinion | What Makes a ‘Great Man?’