Viewpoints, Opinions & Stories
Commentary: Out went my homburg hat and Lionel train
If I were a psychoanalyst writing about life, I might say that I "suspect" my mother threw my hat and train out in a fit of matriarchal pique.
Review: Is Descartes forgotten?
Descartes is the father of modern philosophy, but some may have forgotten why, except to recollect his famous dictum: I think therefore I am...
Commentary: Live in the moment
Frequently in midlife or later, we come to a point where we’ve completed an important activity in our professional or personal life, and cannot figure out what to do next.
Commentary: Does 'flux' rule our lives?
Frequently we attribute things that happen to us as a combination of luck, a blessing, or good planning. Or, maybe, might it be something else?
Commentary: What the pope might say...
How might Pope Francis respond to a revolt calling for him to resign?
Commentary: How will Catholics respond to the clergy abuse scandal?
How will Catholics respond to what appear to be unending reports of sexual abuse by priests across the world?
Commentary: 'BS' jobs stifling life?
More and more people in America are been crushed by poor jobs.
Commentary: Blacking Out
'Blacking out' sometimes has groggy stories to tell, and other times, quite clear ones.
Commentary: Does serial lying affect our country's future?
Could an argument over 'what was true' - begun 500 years ago – have any bearing on how we see the truth now?
Commentary: 'Way of the Cross' on the DART
Frank Allen, a friend from Dublin, has been like a son to us for forty years.
Commentary: Left to their own devices
Being 'left to one's own devices' means something entirely different these days.
Commentary: Love, actually...
It's true that young love especially can easily be lost, like melted ice in a kid's hot hand. But there is another kind of love...
Commentary: A revival of personalism?
Very likely, you haven't a clue about what this title about 'personalism' means.
Commentary: “What time is it?”
How do I figure out what is going on with this great puzzle of time?
County manager: We’re willing to partner on SROs
Our community has proved time and again that we will stand together to face a challenge or provide a need. There is no more important need than the safety and security of our children and grandchildren.
Commentary: The tactful writer - comfortable with respect for ambiguities
Does the idea of tactfulness have value for writers today?
Commentary: Moral heroes, time to emulate?
When was the last time on TV that you heard somebody say, "Give more?"
Commentary: A note on dissolution and redemption in the Patrick Melrose TV series.
A look at the Patrick Melrose TV series from NBC-2.com Culture Critic Michael D. Langan.
Looking Back: 1968 in America and Abroad
The Vietnam War was on the rise after President Lyndon B. Johnson allowed an increase in troops to that country, 549,500, for a war that was costing $77.4 billion.
Commentary: Reading 'what's new' brings good ideas to mind
"There is no better place for deceptions, than somewhere as close as possible to the truth, something all good liars know."
Commentary: The Royal Wedding and Jesuit Priest & Philosopher Teilard de Chardin
The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, gave a beautiful address titled The Power of Love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.
Commentary: The conflict between what is moral and what is legal
As a young man I thought that whatever the law was, it must always be moral as well. Clearly, this isn't the case.
Commentary: Mother's Day
Mother's Day has been around for a semi-long time in the United States.
Commentary: The Survivors' Club
I don’t know what it’s like to be a widower and I don’t know how I will react if I become one.
Commentary: Is there any such thing as literature any more?
Literature is described more simply in the dictionary: It comprises "written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit."
Review: “What’s On?” A look at London Theatre
If you’ve been to London lately, you know that its theatre productions threaten to overtake New York City’s fabled Broadway scene.
Commentary: A look back at Comey's logic before the 2016 election
Sometimes, public servants make prudential legal judgments in real time based upon a combination of ethical reasoning calculated in concert with political odds
Commentary: A con man with no confidence
The Dublin Review author makes a comparison of Trump with the bumbling producer in Mel Brooks’s film, “The Producers.
Commentary: Trump 'wags the dog'
What does the 1997 movie "Wag the Dog" have to do with President Trump? It is fraught with comparison.
Commentary: Is there a hint of romance in good grammar?
James Campbell observes that single men and women say that good grammar is one of the most important qualities in a romantic partner. I'm really surprised about this.
Commentary: Beyond three dimensions in mathematics and life in general
Mathematics was never my strong suit. But I've had an abiding interest in what might be called ‘dimension theory’ for a long time.
Commentary: A thoughtful, world-wide diplomatic view is needed before stumbling into war
Short term, the U.S. and North Korea should think twice before dropping bombs on the Korean Peninsula.
Losing discretion and memory as you age? Add changes in language to that list
How do you know if you’re losing your discretion as you get older?
Commentary: Spring is in the air... and putting on a new self
Spring brings with it a sense of newness as we inch toward Easter. The calendar is our yearly reminder of how nature makes all things new.
Commentary: Why the Irish need St. Patrick, as do we…
If St. Patrick were here today, he might suggest that we do two things...
Commentary: We are the guests of life
I have thought about being a guest of life, doing some good, for a long time. It’s a daily challenge.
Commentary: A Nation under attack
Recently, Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence since 2017, reported to Congress that, “Frankly, the US is under attack” from Russia and its threat to our elections.
Commentary: A Valentine’s Day thought - Falling in love...
Do you remember when you first fell in love?
Commentary: The Internet - its promise and problems (Part 2)
Will the Internet, with all its possibilities for good and not-so-good, shake the foundations of our culture?
Commentary: Can writing and, more broadly, the rule of law survive the Internet? (Part 1)
Can writing and, more broadly, the rule of law survive the Internet? It depends upon what kind of writing — and law — you’re talking about.
Commentary: English art critic on the importance of seeing
From a third grade experience, I learned a life-lesson about seeing things in a plain way.