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 ...

GOP presidential candidates seem to think basketball is the key to Hoosier voters. Admittedly, many of us like talking basketball.  As a general rule though, we prefer talking it with others who know just a little about it. With our great state serving as the center of the GOP nomination circus this week, the two leaders both tried to connect with us.  It would be a waste of time to make fun of their embarrassing attempts if they had filled our ears with substance following their gaffes.  But since they haven't, I get to write another column about the field's utter ...

I am often amazed at the disconnect that exists between a campaign for executive branch offices and the the list of things that really shape terms actually served. Successfully managing government, and the unpredictable crises that come your way is usually more vital than that stump speech that entertained rallies and chili suppers on the campaign trail. This is difficult to explain sometimes, but lucky for you, I have a 750 word window today to get it done.  I am a former governmental bureaucrat, and I was pretty good at it, according to me. Exhibit number one is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ...