Sigh. To those Americans who feel that football players who kneel during the National Anthem disrespect the troops or the country or the flag, you are hopelessly confused, and that’s understandable. When you’ve been made to focus so much–almost exclusively, even–on the symbols that (supposedly) represent the grand ideals of America, rather than on the ideals themselves, of course you’re going to lose track of what those symbols are symbols of. Continue reading
Posted in Government, Police, Politics, Slavery, Society, Sports, Television, Violence
Tagged American flag, Black Lives Matter, Charlottesville, Colin Kaepernick, freedom of speech, kneeling during National Anthem, national anthem, NBA, NFL, opinion, society, Trump, white supremacists
Dear Boy Scouts of America (BSA) parents, those of you who were shocked, livid, dismayed, appalled, about Trump’s speech at this year’s National Jamboree,
Tom Horneman probably spoke for a lot of you when he wanted the BSA to apologize: Continue reading
Posted in Government, Open letters, Psychology, Recreation
Tagged 2017 National Jamboree, Boy Scouts of America, BSA, critical thinking, Ethics, Hitler Youth, independent thought, morality, opinion, Scout Law, Scout Oath, Trump
This article is written by my cousin. If you live in Holland or in Europe and you’re able to donate to keep the magazine Lotje&Co afloat, please do. Parents of special-needs children can feel so isolated and this magazine helps them with support and communication.
Posted in Healthcare, Psychology, Writing
Tagged crowdfunding, gezondheidszorg, Lotje&Co, samenleving, society, special needs children, support, welzijn, Writing, zorgintensieve kinderen
Today’s writing prompt is the perfect excuse to revisit the post about my raft book collection.
I’m not big on collections. I used to be. I had all sorts of collections. If I saw something I liked, I would start a collection. Until I felt that I was surrounding myself with things just for the sake of surrounding myself with things, and I got rid of most of them. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Nature, Sports, Uncategorized, Vacations, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged adventure stories, book collections, books, raft books, rafts, survival stories, writing prompt adrift
(It’s April, so it’s National Poetry Writing Month. One prompt I saw this morning was to find a picture of your younger self and write a poem describing the mood and telling your younger self something about the future. I had just the thing already on my mind.) Continue reading
A reader of my blog recently published a novel and he has been kind enough to send me a signed copy!
The story makes the connection between the famines of Ireland in the nineteenth century, the Netherlands during the Hunger Winter of 1944-1945 under German occupation, and Ethiopia in the early 1980s, thus bringing into view the universality of the effects of hunger, war and displacement. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Emigration / Immigration, History, World War Two
Tagged books, emigration, Ethiopia, famine, hunger winter, Irish Potato Famine, netherlands in WWII, refugees, starvation, World War Two