no need to lessen men to prove the importance of women

With a group of Young African Leaders today in Washington, President Obama was asked about American’s commitment to resolving gender inequalities in African countries. He spoke about why it makes sense to respect women. In his statements, he said, “If you educate and empower and respect a mother, then you are educating the children. So, [...]

but my ancestors did it legally

I just watched President Obama’s speech on immigration from Las Vegas (see below). I actually liked and agreed with much of what he said. I like some of his ideas. But there is one passage that I find a bit offensive: “It’s really important for us to remember our history. Unless you are one of [...]

Lucky me!

You know, I thought I always knew what Thanksgiving was all about. After all, I’m a 50-year-old Christian man with a great family, a stable job and a comfortable home. What else could Thanksgiving possibly mean? Well, my mother passed away 3 months ago. And while most of us in the family have always known [...]

you don’t need a patch to have honor

So it seems settled now. The Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its ban on gay leaders and members. When talking about my childhood, I occasionally mention that I was a cub scout for a few years. I’ll no longer do that, at least not without a disclaimer. I’m somewhat on the fence about whether an [...]

it’s been a while

Well, I’ve been off the radar for a bit on my blog. I’ve spent the past six months in so many other activities; I’ve had so much to say, but I’ve just been focusing my energies elsewhere. I filed my papers to run for De Pere City Council in December, and spent the next 4 [...]

I remember 9/11

In September 2001, though I didn’t know it at the time, I was in my final months of my 9-year employment at Information Management Associates of Irvine, CA. I had been working from home here in De Pere, WI for 3 years. Our company was just purchased by a British company, and as part of [...]