19 May 2016

trumping oneself

The reporting on Megyn Kelly’s interview with Donald Trump on Tuesday has largely focused on Trump’s abusive remarks about women and Kelly herself.  His referring to her as a “bimbo” has made the headlines.  The Trump vs. Kelly narrative was completely overblown and ridiculous.  That overemphasis missed the most revealing parts of the interview.

For example, when Kelly asked Trump if anyone has ever hurt him emotionally, he started talking about his alcoholic brother who died.  When he tried to turn the subject to a discussion about alcoholism, Kelly brought him back to her point.  He was reticent to answer, saying that he would have to think about it.  But he did come up with this: “When I’m wounded, I go after people hard, okay?  And I try and ‘un-wound’ myself.”  That’s the definition of a bully.  He said that he responds based on “what they did to me.” 

“If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.”  Some words of wisdom from Richard Rohr.  I’m hardly a fan of Trump’s, but I can see how his bullying attitude comes from a deep sense of lack of self-worth. (Perhaps self-hatred?)  He brags because he feels unworthy inside.  I’m not seeking to justify, just seeking to explain.  That acting out of fear and pain is common to us allThose who dont admit that and dont seek to address it make for poor leaders, be they president, pastor, or parent. 

Okay, now I will remove my therapist hat!

11 April 2016

al jazeera al missya

American journalism has taken another severe hit.  Al Jazeera America will shut down its cable TV channel tomorrow.  An unsustainable business model is the reason given for its inability to continue the broadcast.  Several weeks ago, it was forced to close down its website.  (Fortunately, the worldwide website remains in operation.)

The loss of Al Jazeera America will leave a huge vacuum in US news coverage.  Their journalism was actually worthy of the name.  They set a very high bar for in-depth reporting from countries all over the world (many of which, I’m sad to say, a large number of Americans probably don’t even know exist).

I would hate to think that the Arabic logo and name had a role in its failure.  One thing that can be said is that they have shown a real commitment to impartiality.  Qatar, the organization’s worldwide headquarters, has itself come under serious scrutiny for governmental corruption and failure to protect human rights.  A good example has been the abuse of workers involved in the building of facilities for the 2022 World Cup.  (By the way, the decision to award Qatar that major tournament has itself been subjected to investigations of wrongdoing.)

Oh well, there’s always the BBC.

07 April 2016


Our recent re-location to our home near Aurora, NY on Cayuga Lake has, on the whole, gone pretty smoothly.  Once again, we’re getting used to the slower pace of rural life.

There have been a few hitches, however.  The search for internet service has not been without some complications.  We’re used to not thinking about data usage, having become spoiled with internet via cable.  The solution for now has been a portable wi-fi with set limits.  The prospect of keeping track of gigabytes has been a learning experience!  Spending too much time online, especially streaming video, can waste precious data.

The hunt for unlimited (and free) internet access has so far led us to three locations: the Aurora public library,

Wells College library,

and a source of delicious pastries (and more), Dorie’s Bakery!