Rock and roll will see us through this rough patch we have had. It's the kind of purpose music serves after all: to calm, to comfort, and to inspire those who need it. My wife and I got to see one of our favorite performers a couple of weeks ago.  Amos Lee treated the people at the Murat Theater to a typical show featuring his distinctive vocals and his trademark subject matter of relationships.  He sings about relationships to people and places. He sings about symbolic and otherwise insignificant objects from time to time and then rips into rockers about his ...

I think I am gonna change things up around here after this brutal campaign season. These last few months, it seems I have spent too much time sitting at my kitchen counter reading and writing, then writing and reading some more.  Actually, I plan to keep doing that.  But I am planning on much of the tabloid style content that has been overwhelming my readers to fizzle out in the days and week's that follow November 8. That way, I can restake my claim as the edgy smart aleck who isn't afraid to write about the tough topics.  "Tough" means difficult in ...

Keith Cooper has served his time. Actually, he served someone else’s time in what appears to be a massive failing of Indiana’s criminal justice system. These things happen. The world, and the people living in it, are unquestionably imperfect after all. Cooper is the man who spent nearly ten years in Indiana prisons for a crime he didn't commit. He was convicted of armed robbery in 1997 and then released in 2006 as a result of a plea deal and is now living in Chicago. He is asking for a pardon of the erroneous conviction to have the felony removed from ...

I have plenty of friends who are Republicans.  But as some may have guessed, many of my Republican friends are embarrassed by their presidential nominee. I feel their pain. So what's a smart and logical, yet loyal Republican voter to do? Among my friends who still plan to vote for Donald Trump, it is common for them to say their main reason is to "protect the court." This means that the one thing they want from Trump, and apparently trust him to do successfully, is to nominate quality members to our highest court. Sort of that is. Many of my conservative friends claim ...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus have kept their word. Normally that is an admirable statement, but not this time. Shortly after the February passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, McConnell pledged that the Senate would not even consider a replacement nominee put forward by President Barack Obama.  Any nominee.  McConnell made the argument that the next president should fill the vacancy, even though the next president would not be inaugurated for nearly a year.  Again, he has kept his word. President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland in March any way.  Garland's nomination has become the longest nomination to not receive ...

I was overcome on Saturday with the urge to do some research on a great quote from a great man.  "Knowledge is good." Oh, how difficult it is to argue with the elegant simplicity of that. And who is the inspirational leader who said those words? Why Emil Faber of course! Faber is the fictitious founder of the fictitious school, Faber College, home of Delta Tau Chi fraternity.  Which is otherwise known as "Animal House." Laugh all you want, but "knowledge is good" are words we need badly right now. So this week I have chosen seven random incidents to put on a list ...

Keith Cooper is becoming a household name around here these days.  It's ironic because all he wants from the State of Indiana is to have his name given back to him. Cooper is an African American convicted felon who lives in Chicago. He was released from the Indiana Department of Correction in 2006, after spending nearly ten years in prison, much of it at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He wants Gov. Mike Pence to issue a pardon for his conviction for an uncommon reason: he is innocent. In 1997, Cooper was convicted in Elkhart County of armed robbery and sentenced to 40 years in prison. ...

Donald Trump’s campaign got creamed on Friday with the release of video evidence of unprecedented lewdness. It has forced his supporters to rethink that support to some extent. These last few days in the world of politics have been challenging in a remarkably strange way. The emotional reasoning, over-generalizing, black-and-white thinking, unreal ideals, etc., are descriptive of differing types of something. That “something” is a called a “thinking error.” “Thinking errors” are irrational patterns of thinking that can cause you to feel bad and sometimes act in self-defeating ways. Reminiscing back to my days as a counselor, thinking errors were things we were ...

Donald Trump will never be president.  And neither will Mike Pence. It has certainly been an interesting week for all of us who are paying close attention to the details of this campaign season. While I was reasonably certain my first statement was true long ago, I am now almost equally certain the second one is as well. On October 4, I had a busy night live blogging for NUVO during the vice presidential debate. With the aggressive approach taken by Sen. Tim Kaine, and the rapid shift from topic to topic by the moderator, it was difficult for a middle aged ...