Night Music: Chopin Ballade No. 4

August 6, 2019


Remembering Hiroshima

August 6, 2019

Today we need to remember the fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their people, utterly destroyed by atomic bombs this week in 1945.

I spent my early life in Europe during the hottest days of the Cold War, worried every single day that these scenes would be repeated in London and Berlin and Moscow. Those concerns abated with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and for 25 years many of us breathed a lot easier. Today, with a US leader seeming to need a war to save his tottering presidency, I have begun to worry once again even as I sit here in beautiful British Columbia.

Let us continue to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and do whatever we can to ensure that such events never happen again.


Yes We Did, Yes We Can

August 6, 2019

This coming Friday will be the 45th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon as President of the United States.  Some may scoff, and say that is the kind of anniversary that only an old Boomer would remember. But it is far more important than that.

It is a reminder, such as we need in these troubled times, that we did remove a bad President, and we can do it again.

We need to remember this every time the misogynistic racist currently occupying the White House opens his mouth and debases us all with more of his power-hungry vitriol.

Yes, we did it once. Yes, we can do it again.