Hamilton, the musical

After buying tickets and waiting almost a year, we finally got to see “Hamilton,” the smash Broadway musical. It was midweek, and the...

The Two Party System

//////()(///////)()///////////())()()))))()())))()() The two-party system was not written into the plan. Indeed, the framers of the...

Do You Really Want To Be Rich?

Two reviews: THE MONEY GAME, by Adam Smith Putting your money in the stock market: is it a gamble, or is it an investment? Does the...

Mastering Self

Mastering Self: Three Reviews I CAN IF I WANT TO, by Arnold Lazarus and Allen Fay “We are not disturbed by things—external events—but by...

A Change of Head & Heart

It was like a religious conversion—a profound altering of thought, a decided charge of heart, and a rechartering of course. For Supreme...

A Highway Runs Through it

“There’s America, there’s the South, then there’s Mississippi.” So said President Lyndon Johnson. He might have added, “And then there’s...

The Bearded Presidents

They’re the bearded presidents—or, if you will, the Great Emancipator and the Seven Dwarfs. No president before or after these...

Ted Koppel and the Ten Commandments

In this time of commencement addresses, I recall one in particular given by ABC news anchor Ted Koppel at Duke University in 1987. While...

The C-Word

It’s the most famous dinner in U.S. history. It was hosted by Thomas Jefferson at his well-appointed townhouse on Maiden Lane, a stone’s...

Do We Need Women in Government?

When women assume power in government, the world will become a kindler, gentler place. Says who? Well, Frank Capra for one. In his 1948...

Wall Street vs. Main Street

It’s amazing how little politicians know. What they say often amounts to half-truths: yes, there is some truth in what they’re saying,...

Ten Presidents in Ten Minutes

What makes a great president? “Great presidents possess, or are possessed by, a vision of an ideal America,” say the editors of the...

The Supreme Court--A brief history

It was an eye-opening experience. In my last year of college I took two courses on Constitutional Law (Con Law I & II) and discovered...

The Vision Thing

It was George H.W. Bush who made the expression famous, mainly because his critics said he lacked it. His predecessor Ronald Reagan had...

Debunking a Myth

“This summer, when you become inundated with all the American bicentennial Fourth-of-July brouhaha, don’t forget you’re celebrating the...

Two Books, Two Cities

Below are two book reviews I wrote for amazon.com. The first book is about New York City under Dutch rule, the second is about the making...

A Gateway to the West

George Washington must have had an exceptional imagination. How else to explain his decision to lead an army of green farm boys against...

The Washington Monument

It’s the most famous room in the world. It’s where Presidents address the nation, especially in times of crisis. It’s the room where...