Grading

September 24, 2018

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We all get graded, all the time. You may have thought of “grading” as something just to do with school and colleges. But grading is also a phenomenon across the spectrum of all our life. Traditional grading goes, of course, from 0 to 100. Sometimes we reduce the scale from 0 to 10. “On a […]

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A View from the Lectern

September 16, 2018

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As a historian, I have taught across a spectrum of the Latin American and American experiences. I have also taught the history of the Christian church over the past two decades since a colleague and I inherited a similar course from Vern Grosse who taught it for many years at UA. I come at the […]

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Words

September 16, 2018

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I woke up from my Sunday nap with a start, hearing the words of a child, singing to her departed pet, “I can’t wait to see you on the other side.” It was such a sad little song, but the little girl wasn’t crying, just talking to her dog, so very sure that they would […]

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I Miss Lewis Grizzard

September 16, 2018

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Of course, I fully understand if anyone reading this column under the age of thirty or forty might exclaim, “who is Lewis Grizzard?” Perhaps this little one liner attributed to Lewis will help the memory: “Shoot low boys, –They’re Ridin’ Shetland Ponies.” Humorists have always inhabited the American landscape. One of my favorites, Will Rogers, […]

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The Level Playing Field

September 16, 2018

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What do we mean by this old adage, “playing on a level playing field?” A few weeks ago, while walking my two Standard Poodles, Miller and Dudley, and their new sidekick, Stanley a Golden Doodle, out at Bryce Lawn, I noticed a soccer camp going full bore over at the UA playing fields. The kids […]

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The Meaning of the Long American Revolution

September 16, 2018

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With so much vitriol and ignorance being winged at each other these days by politicians, social media gurus, political analysts, talking heads, and just about anybody in the country with a forum, I thought I’d share with you a book-in-the-making about the long influence cast on us by our Revolution and the Constitution. The manuscript, […]

Posted in: History

The Right to Fail

September 16, 2018

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We all have rights as American citizens. Just ask any “sea lawyer” as we used to call know-it-alls in the Navy. But we have failed to provide in the Constitution for one of the most fundamental rights: the right to fail. Let’s explore this a bit since that sounds kind of negative. It’s not. We […]

Posted in: Law and Authority