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Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015

Linda Downing

Put away the Confederate Flag

The Confederate Flag is a symbol with more than one meaning; so is the swastika. Both are still flaunted, even worshiped, by some who refuse to acknowledge that their symbol’s negative connotations have outweighed the positive. It is long past...
Published: 06/26/15

Is downsizing the secret to happiness?

This past Dec. 31, “People who believe in hell tend to be less happy” occupied number 40 on The Tampa Tribune’s list—“50 Things we know now that we didn’t last year.” Perhaps the only thing more epheme...
Published: 06/19/15


Writing for the Orlando Sentinel recently, Susan Jacobson said that in the Internet age, “…common sense is in short supply….” She spoke particularly of “etiquette” as being part of a bygone age. The modern te...
Updated one month ago

Ignore the good and the bad labels

I owe Joe Biden an apology. I’ve given him negative labels over the years. At best, I kept my opinions to myself. At worst, I held them in my own head, causing me to miss out on something bigger than Biden’s well-known gaffes and unfilt...
Updated one month ago

Sometimes, ‘who’s wrong’ doesn’t matter

Most people will not apologize even when wrong. We must accept that.
Updated one month ago

‘Going backwards while moving forward’

In another month we will be halfway through 2015. We have goals — or not. We moved forward — even if it doesn’t “feel” like it. The sensation of being thrust into this moment while being sucked into the vacuum of th...
Updated one month ago

Feeling insignificant is significant

There can come a time when one accepts, even craves, insignificance. Perhaps it follows a lifetime of striving to be our Type A best but never measuring up to our ideal, the sudden knowing that no business card, title, or achievement defines the itch...
Updated: 2 months ago

What we think we see

A May 5 headline read: “FOX News Apologizes for Misreported Baltimore Police Shooting: ‘We Screwed Up.’”
Updated: 2 months ago

Losing the courage of our convictions

“…even the United States appears to have lost the courage of its convictions,” wrote Natan Sharansky in a recent article for The Washington Post.
Updated: 2 months ago

Reinventing myself once again

In his tongue-in-cheek style, Roger Simon, writing for Politico, analyzed the “new persona” of Hillary Clinton, the reinvention of herself in her newly declared bid for president.
Updated: 2 months ago