Category Archives: Commentary

The Power of Thought

A colleague asked me the other day, “How can an individual respond when a leader calls for help?” Helping to solve a global or national or even a group problem by individual action seems so insurmountable at times that we often shrug our shoulders with a resignation of helplessness. There is a way through the constant abyss of need. Within the human spirit there is an intrinsic, yet often-obscured desire to be of service. Service can be defined as “instantaneous response to need”. We see…

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Dallas 1963

The tributes will be many this weekend, but as usual the Kennedy family will not publicly participate. They understand the need and desire of many to honor the fallen president, but they prefer the memory of JFK be focused on the day of his birth, May 29th, rather than the day of death. It may take a long time, for there are so many of us alive today who remember that day 45 years ago tomorrow. I was home in my apartment in Syracuse, New…

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Nuremberg Trials

On this day Nov. 20, 1945, 24 Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. Some thoughts on remembering Nuremberg. Sixty three years ago the victorious powers of World War Two created the Nuremberg trials in order to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. It was the first time that an aggressive power had to face trial and judgment for their crimes against humanity. Three years ago the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law held a conference to recall and…

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Uncle Jack

I read that Google was going to archive 10-millions Life Magazine photos from the 1860’s to the present. I clicked on the link and found an astounding number of photos already in a categorized collection. I sifted through some from the Civil War and into the 1880’s, but then the 1910 category caught my attention and I remembered that my Uncle Jack fought in World War One with a Canadian infantry regiment. I don’t know much about him accept he was a stepbrother of my…

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