The Big Picture

There’s No Waking Up If You’re Dead

A female ruby-throated hummingbird (archilochus colubris) by the back yard feeder The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson – Waking up pissed off is not the best way to start a Sunday morning. But perhaps that’s inevitable sometimes when you are stuck in the suburbs of a broken down county in a state in denial and…

Neil Armstrong’s Death Marks the End of an Era

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Reading the obituaries for Neil Armstrong over the past couple of days, I’m reminded again of the month when I came kicking early into this world. If timing means anything, it was an auspicious moment in the history of science, since the Cold War era “space race” began on…

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…

Romney’s Veep Choice Makes November Election Choice Clear

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The temperature dipped down into the 60s last night in Birmingham, the first time since May, it seems, giving us a breath of hope that the global warming summer of 2012 might be starting to wind down. It was still 73 on the porch at mid-morning, allowing us a…

Corporate Media Ignores ‘True Meaning’ of Modern Olympic Games

“I remain convinced that sport is one of the most forceful elements of peace, and I am confident in its future action.” — Pierre de Coubertin The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Pierre de Coubertin was just 30 years old when he founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894. He then went on to establish…

Summertime and the Living is Not Easy

Glynn Wilson Thomas Jefferson, Springer Spaniel The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The cicadas are screaming in the trees this Sunday morning, but at least the mosquitoes and ticks appear to be on the run. I’ve tried everything from organic garlic spray to landscaping techniques and even a weed burner to get rid of the…

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…

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Health Care Law

ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The United States Supreme Court surprised media organizations and pundits of all stripes on Thursday by upholding the constitutionality of the first ever law regulating the health care industry in the country’s storied history, including the individual mandate conservatives were sure the court would strike down. (Read the full decision here…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s summertime in Alabama now. No matter what the official calendar says. The mercury hit 91 here today. That was probably in the shade. We just got back from the local farmer’s market, where Alabama farmers show up every Thursday to sell their goods directly to the public. There…

A Memorial Day For the Daily Newspaper?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson We come together today to honor those who died in war defending American freedom. But perhaps we need to start a new memorial day or at least include a new category — for those who are about to be out of a job when the daily newspaper dies. Many…

On the State of Reading and Writing in America Today

All the King’s Men Trailer The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s overcast and quiet on the screened-in porch, with just a little low down piano jazz accompanying the trilling of the lady cardinals this Sunday morning as I gather my thoughts for the weekly commentary in this space. My dog Jefferson is sitting quietly…

Be Careful What You Wish For

You Might Actually Get A Smaller Government The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Quit smiling at the television and take a minute to read this. It might piss you off, but so what? It might be good for you, like spinach. I’ve been thinking alot lately about what happened to the notion of a shared…

How Do We Heal A Divided World?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson CAMP MARGARETVILLE — The scene is so green here now it almost makes my eyes hurt to look upon it for long. The air is so cool it makes my heart slow down here listening to the birds sing on the porch. Slow moving fluffy white cumulus clouds drift…

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…

Global Warming and Religion in Government: It’s the Media’s Fault

Glynn Wilson The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The dogwoods, azaleas and cherry blossoms are in full bloom a full three weeks before Easter here, but of course that’s no sign of global warming and climate change, according to the Republicans and the media in Alabamaland. The so-called Christians could care less.…