If we think we have ours and don't owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind, then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.
In the Hebrew, Chanukah is pronounced with the letter chet. The chet’s "ch" sound is not enunciated like the "ch" in child; rather it’s a guttural, throaty sound—like the "ch" in Johann Bach—which does not have an English equivalent. The letter "H" is the closest, but it’s not really it. So while some people spell and pronounce it "Chanukah" and others settle for "Hanukkah," they really are one and the same.
Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
Directing is mystifying. It's a long, long, skid on an icy road, and you do the best you can trying to stay on the road...If you're still here when you come out of the spin, it's a relief. But you've got to have the terror if you're going to do anything worthwhile.
We used to have contests at the elementary school--who could read the most books in a week or a month. I’d power through 30, 50 books. I was unstoppable. Just loved the feel and the smell of the pages. Loved immersing my brain into uncharted territories. Loved turning that last page and closing the book, a changed man. Still do.
There are two ways to think about kindness. You can think about it as a fixed trait: either you have it or you don’t. Or you could think of kindness as a muscle. In some people, that muscle is naturally stronger than in others, but it can grow stronger in everyone with exercise.
I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
~ Michelangelo ~
"The Conversion of Saul" courtesy The Athenaeum. Click on the image to enlarge. (Look at the man below the horse at the bottom of the picture--doesn't it look like he's carrying some kindergartener's backpack? Michelangelo was 500 years ahead of his time! --KK)
It seems that those spreading panic about Ebola, ISIS and the southern border hope that their new rhetoric will reinvigorate an old tactic: racial dog whistling. It has never been bigotry amid politicians that drives this, so much as the cold calculation that stimulating racial panic can win votes.
[This should be horrifying to all voters, especially here in NH where we have a candidate for Senator who is only running by way of cold calculation. (Can't win in MA, so I'll run in that hick state to the north.) He is now using the old dog whistle, "...we have a border that’s so porous that anyone can walk across it. I think it’s naive to think that people aren’t going to be walking through here who have those types of diseases and/or other types of intent, criminal or terrorist." Save us from the cold, calculating, maniacs who run for office to satisfy their greed and need for power! --KK]