Who Are They, Anyway?

The Olympic Games just ended in Rio De Janeiro. I always love the Olympics, the two-week spectacle of the best physical specimens of humanity doing things with their bodies I can only imagine. It’s inspiring to watch their determination, their grit, their courage, to envision the years of training that go into a single effort […]

Kerri Walsh Jennings and a Lesson in Grace

If there was a sure thing going into the Rio Olympics, it was that Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross would win gold in beach volleyball. The sports pundits told us all about it: she would be the first American woman to win gold in four straight Olympic games, she’d never been defeated in Olympic […]

The Plank In Your Own Eye

We make an Olympic sport of pointing out other people’s mistakes. An Olympic athlete stands on the podium, gold medal around her neck, and fails to put her hand on her heart for the national anthem. We who could never do what she has done are offended. A presidential candidate’s wife poses topless twenty years […]

A Lesson in Courage From the Olympics

I can’t write about courage and ignore the Olympics. It’s a dream for so many: every four years, athletes from all over the globe come together to represent their countries before the world. To qualify, to attend, is an achievement of itself; to medal may be, for most, the pinnacle of their achievements on earth. […]

The Right to Be a Jackass

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. — The Constitution of the United States, First Amendment We […]