American youth: swimming against the stream of blood money

Nine days ago, 17 people died in a preventable whirlwind of blood, chaos and gunfire. That's nothing new. America is adept at cultivating and ignoring the slaughter of children. And, since Parkland, we've gone through a familiar dark-comedy routine that follows such shootings. The president has called for throwaway half measures — background checks and … Continue reading American youth: swimming against the stream of blood money

Stardust, ashes and surrendering all for everything

An Ash Wednesday reflection ... a few days late. Our entry into this period of self-examination and penitence traditionally begins with the visible mark of ashes on our forehead. If you’re lucky, the mark resembles a cross – the sign of our faith. But, whether you receive the perfect ashen Roman cross or something resembling … Continue reading Stardust, ashes and surrendering all for everything

Sacrificing our children on the altar of greed and guns

This originally was published as an opinion column in the Feb. 16, 2018 Enid News & Eagle. By the time this prints, the fervor of media coverage surrounding the latest mass killing will have subsided. Funerals will be planned. Families will grieve. Survivors will suffer. A nation will shake its head in a collective “So … Continue reading Sacrificing our children on the altar of greed and guns