When I tell people I'm about to spend a year hiking trails from New York to San Francisco with my two dogs they shake my hand, wish me luck and congratulate me for living out my dream. But brows furrow and jaws clench when they realize I'm bringing a smart phone.
Two hundred and thirty-six years ago this week, a pamphlet was published in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine's Common Sense hit the American consciousness like a bombshell -- one which would reverberate for years to come.
"So residents of these three states, three states that comprise only a very small percent of the US population, three states whose demographics do not come close to mirroring that of America... are going to be the major deciding factors in who represents the Republican party." "That's right."
Every time I see a soldier in uniform at the airport, duffel bag tossed over his or her shoulder, waving a tearful good-bye to a wife, husband, fiancé, mother or father, my heart overflows with gratitude.
At this time of year, Congress, who once again didn't get their chores done, might take a cue from children who aren't messing up because they know it's better to be good and nice than to risk getting on Santa's naughty list.
Is the National Transitional Council a legitimate, representative body? When will elections be held? Is the new Libya going to be run by Islamists? Certainly these are important issues. Just as important, however, is the Libyan economy and how to get Libyans back to work.
The GOP primary process has been painful and embarrassing, especially for Republicans. While President Barack Obama faces a tough reelection campaign, the Republican Party seems to be doing all it can to help him win a second term. Or, as Governor Perry would say, "Oops."
"In this connected world, we are all in the same boat. If part of the boat has a hole in it you cannot say afloat." The words of the chief executive of Hong Kong SAR, Donald Tsang, spoken at the APEC CEO Summit, could be said to embody the preoccupations of APEC as a whole.
I see you have let your own educational insecurities shine through in your latest rant in which you "bravely" attempted to decipher the "sad-sack story" of a Classical Studies scholar. If only you had taken a philosophy course about the Sophists, you might have been better at debating your point.