I'VE BEEN disappointed by many people in my lifetime as, I'm sure, have you. Unless we have hopes that exceed our expectations, life is a colorless and barren experience. At best, it's a mediocre slog. But when you trust someone to act honorably and then they turn around and betray you with dishonesty, it hurts. Depending upon your investment in that person and his or her place in your world, the hurt could be as fleeting as a paper cut or as painful and enduring as an amputation.
WHEN Hillary Clinton repeated the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child, a lot of people criticized her for promoting a vaguely socialist philosophy. Many were disturbed by the idea that children could be viewed as communal property, and blamed Clinton for undermining the rights of parents to raise their own progeny as they - and not the village elders - saw fit.
I SUSPECTED IT WOULD happen, just not as quickly as it did. Whenever acts of terror are committed in the name of Islam, there is generally a counter-attack from the enlightened, usually secular but always "progressive" flank of society in which the Islamic jihad is conflated with all types of religious fundamentalism.
FORTY-FIVE years ago this week, our family of six packed what remained of our belongings in my father's sky-blue Corvair, my aunt's yellow Thunderbird and an orange U-Haul and made our slow but deliberate pilgrimage toward the suburbs. We were abandoning
Christine Flowers: To see the governor of a state that is evenly split between the two major rivals of Dallas openly express his sick and twisted love for the Cowboys and the mummy who owns them is too much to take. It is disrespectful, needlessly incendiary and unwise.
Christine Flowers: When you write anything for public consumption, and when it ends up on the Web in some shape or form, you can be absolutely certain that unless you are the pope (and even when you are) there will be objectionable comments from the peanut gallery. And, despite my almost fanatical devotion to the concept of free speech, I've developed a peanut allergy.
THE SEAMLESS vision of life, as the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin once noted, is the only way to ensure individual dignity. We are only as strong as the weakest links in our human chain, so the way we treat the young, the sick and the elderly is the truest bellwether of our evolution as a compassionate society.
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