Connecting the Dots

Dear Dog Save Us All From ‘The Good Old Days’

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Grandpa Tell me ’bout the good old days. Sometimes it feels like This world’s gone crazy. Grandpa, take me back to yesterday, Where the line between right and wrong Didn’t seem so hazy. Did lovers really fall in love to stay Stand beside each other come what may was a promise really something people kept,…

The Tragedy of Rising Expectations

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Judging by what happens on Facebook and reality television, it has become obvious, at least in the United States, that the tragedy of rising expectations has reached a new climax. People who are naturally nobody have become the somebodies, and those who are somebody by virtue of…

Birmingham Makes Top Ten List of America’s Most Sedentary Cities

By Glynn Wilson – Summer may be the season for kicking back and doing nothing, according to Men’s Health magazine. But in some cities, including my home town of Birmingham, Alabama, people don’t have to lift a finger to be named to the list of America’s Most Sedentary Cities. Birmingham made the Top 10 on…

Investigating Anti-Government, Anti-Tax Groups is the Job of the IRS

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Where’s the Scandal in That? The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here on the porch listening to the coverage of the so-called IRS “scandal” on National Public Radio, also reading the latest Associated Press story on the subject, I keep thinking: “Where’s the scandal?” Since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…

Spring Forward: An Alternative Plan for the Future

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – While the vernal equinox and the first day of spring is still 10 days off, since Daylight Savings Time begins today and the weather has warmed up and the sun’s shining for a change around here, let’s just say spring has sprung in Alabamaland and be done…

The Ultimate Metaphor: Life is Like A River

Peak autumn color in the Catawba River near Marion, North Carolina By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Life is like a river. This is the ultimate metaphor for life. Many an American writer has compared life to the game of baseball. Myself included. But when I took this turn in life seven years ago…

The Newsroom Season Finale: A Greater Fool

Picasso’s Don Quixote “I’m a loafer by nature, I’m too lazy to go hunting for authors who say what I already know how to say without their help.” – The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Volume 1, Prologue, pg. 8 by Glynn Wilson I have a confession to make. I realize I’m a…

What Would Woody Guthrie Do?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Imagine you are a singer-songwriter allowed free access to the Woody Guthrie archives of unrecorded lyrics, to explore at will and take what you want for the making of a record of songs from America’s great hobo prophet. That’s exactly what Jonatha Brooke is doing for a special concert…

How Much Heat Can We Take Before We Attack Global Warming?

How to Save the Planet and Fix the Economy Too The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Just how hot does it have to get before the people of the United States finally acknowledge that global warming is happening? When are we going to stop arguing about it and start doing something to at least slow…

Will Humans Ever Achieve World Peace?

The Basic Human Conundrum Results From Conflict Between Individual (Selfish) Genes and Group (Altruistic) Genes by Glynn Wilson Let’s face it. The most common answer at beauty pageants, we now know, is unachievable. We will never achieve world peace. How do we know this now for the very first time ever? The basic human conundrum…

On the Nature of Self-Defeating Convictions

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson MARGARETVILLE, Ala. — It is a lovely Sunday morning and amazingly quiet in the suburbs on this April Fool’s Day. The Carolina Wren’s are feeding new young in the hand-crafted birdhouse attached to the screened-in porch. They stop only occasionally between feedings to sing, and they sound about as…

Let Justice Be Done Though the Heavens Should Fall

“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” – John Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, December 5, 1777 The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Here’s a question for Rick Santorum and Judge Roy Moore (or any member of the religious right or the tea party) that will never be asked in public by any…

Should the New York Times Tell the Truth?

Nah! That’s Not in Their Job Description Here’s how a definition gone wrong can lead to a debilitating public controversy. But hey, controversy drives traffic, so what the heck, right? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s been a long time, but the New York Times is back in the business of pumping up the…

The Illegal Bush-Cheney War in Iraq is Over, Finally

President Obama and the First Lady Speak to Troops at Fort Bragg by Glynn Wilson Bush’s illegal and ill-fated war in Iraq is finally over. All of the U.S. troops are coming home after eight long years. It was the longest war in American history, although the news media is not covering the war’s end…