Who’s Influencing You?

by Mike Halpin — The Industrial Revolution steamed into life with carbon-fueled smoke and mass production. Along with the benefits of efficient production, this revolution also unintentionally brought about the dissolution of the family as it had existed, pretty much from creation. Men left wives and children in early morning and returned tired and hungry... Continue Reading →

The Political Process Can Still Work

by Mike Halpin — When riots raged and cities burned, the political process was moving forward in the great state of Mississippi. While mobs desecrated, defaced, pulled down, and otherwise destroyed monuments celebrating Southern generals, as well as the likes of Washington and Lincoln, the legislature in Mississippi was collectively weighing options and engaging in... Continue Reading →

French Revolution Redux

by Mike Halpin — The common causes of freedom and justice have a way of bringing people together. The American war of Independence united colonists of almost all stripes in mutual opposition to King George’s tyrannical rule. The diverse groups throughout the thirteen colonies rallied together to oppose their common enemy, win their independence, and... Continue Reading →

Fear(less)

by Mike Halpin — Fear grows like a creeping weed across our landscape. Fear has been sown like seed, fertilized like grass, watered and encouraged in every way possible, 24/7 in our online age. Fear has been sown by government and media, by national and foreign powers, by men and women, doctors and nurses, friends... Continue Reading →

How Will We Die?

by Mike Halpin — Cemeteries have been some of my favorite places. Many dates I took with my then future wife were in cemeteries. I didn’t know that was odd until Cathie shared her sister Barb’s quip before one of our dates, “What cemetery is he taking you to today?” I appreciate cemeteries for two... Continue Reading →

Cool Heads in Crisis

by Mike Halpin — Tom Clancy imagined history before it happened. This prodigious writer of fiction had a knack for sewing together elements of technology, animus between nation states, and the dark schemes of terrorists into seamless and compelling works of fiction. His 1994 book Debt of Honor laid out a Japanese plot to take... Continue Reading →

Two Are Better

by Mike Halpin — Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but... Continue Reading →

More Loving than God?

One of the chief arguments against hell is that a loving God wouldn’t consign anyone to eternal punishment. I appreciate this sentiment and think it’s a typical response to the notion of eternal suffering, at least in the West. (Punishment, judgment and severity are not strangers to some religions of the East.) The assumption in... Continue Reading →

Beginning And End

Sometimes an image or a moment, a word spoken or a flash of understanding hits us such that we not only never forget it, but are left imprinted, changed. Such a moment hit me several years ago. In a former life as a home inspector I looked over residential properties to determine their condition and... Continue Reading →

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