“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.”
— Thucydides

“A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.”
— Jean-François Revel

One Year Gone: Reflections on the Bush Years

Friday, January 22, 2010

Following are links to several worthwhile articles on the first anniversary of George W. Bush’s departure from office — most of which appeared as part of a “One Year Gone” collection at Big Hollywood. I’m in agreement regarding the unhinged viciousness with which President Bush was vilified, as well as his accomplishments and faults. Do read at least the first few — they’re well worth it.

“Hope and Change – Miss Bush Yet?” by Pam Meister (especially excellent!)

“America Betrayed President Bush” by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

“President George W. Bush Answered the Calling of Our Time” by Adam Baldwin

“Welcome to the Obama Era of Awesomeness” by Kurt Schlichter (hilarious!)

“George W. Bush…Idiot.” by Leigh Scott

“The Death of Class” by Gary Graham

“The George W. Bush Era In Movies” by Ben Shapiro

More to Come Here

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I’m no big fan of meta-posts, so I promise not to make a habit of this. Just feeling the need to affirm that this project is far from over, and despite my apparent shift over to Twitter I intend to post more in-depth writing here as soon as I can find a way to do so.

Blogging has been a hard project to make time for (given my apparently inadequate time-management skills, at least), and becoming a Dad nearly a year ago has ratcheted the difficulty level up another major notch. By the time my wife and I get home from our jobs at the end of a half-hour commute, do the evening dinner, bath time & bedtime routine with our “little guy”, get the kitchen back under control, deal with mail and bills, etc., it’s usually around 9pm and we’re good for little more than collapsing in a heap for an hour or so before bed. Repeat 5x and add 2 days of full-time parenting and it’s a typical week. My best bet seems to be squeezing a bit of writing in before bedtime when possible (like I’m doing now), or during occasional bouts of insomnia, but that approach hardly seems likely to produce my best work. I’m in awe of others, parents among them, who manage to make time to blog with any frequency, let alone on topics that require substantial research and thought. I really have no idea how they do it (but I’m eager to learn!).

In short: It may take a while longer for me to work the logistics out. But the passage of time has only strengthened my conviction that writing here is an important project that I need to make time for somehow. I will trust, as I have many times before in my life, that where there’s a will there’s a way, necessity is the mother of invention, and all that good stuff, and hope that through persistence I can eventually find a way to translate constantly thinking about things into action on writing about them.

Hope there’ll be more to see here soon. ‘Til then…

Haiti: Where to Give

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The situation for survivors of Haiti’s horrific earthquake is desperate, and getting worse. Please give what you can.

Here’s a list of organizations that are providing aid. I gave to the American Red Cross. You can too.