Local schools started in early August, I haven't checked in on the MDA Telethon since Jerry Lewis was ousted as host and my family has no particular Labor Day traditions; but I do find myself pondering the holiday that salutes the accomplishments of America's workers.
About every month, another parenting book arrives at Barnes & Noble. I bought the most recent arrival and skimmed it quickly - entitled "How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success," by Julie Lythcott-Haims.
All I really need to know about Donald Trump I learned from "Ghostbusters II." An undercurrent of hate and fear-a river of slime, if you will-is fueling his march toward the Republican nomination. How far this takes him depends on whether, as Ray the Ghostbuster put it, we can summon what is best about America before it's too late.
It's easy to tell the end of summer the year before a presidential election is nigh, because that bothersome quadrennial buzzing noise is back. And no, we're not talking about candidates riding the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Iowa State Fair after eating pork on a stick.
Following Monday's historic stock market downturn, many politicians and so-called economic experts rushed to the microphones to explain why the market crashed and to propose "solutions" to our economic woes. Not surprisingly, most of those commenting not only failed to give the right answers, they failed to ask the right questions.
Using a new scientific breakthrough that measures the increase in Beryllium-10, researchers have discovered the Koch brothers are thousands of years older than previously thought. This sudden increase in maturity puts the Klimate Kriminal Kochs in fairly august company. Polar bears, Peking Man, Stonehenge and Ebola are also now thought to be much older than previously assumed.
The latest Joe Biden speculation basically falls into two categories: He's leaning toward a presidential bid (unless he isn't), and he's a potentially formidable candidate (unless he isn't). Truth is, nobody really knows. And that includes Joe, who at most has another month - until the run-up to the first Democratic debate on Oct. 13 - to make up his mind.
Count me along with pretty much everyone else who is awash in nostalgia with the tear down of the Central Kansas Medical Center. Some readers probably have fond reflections about becoming moms on the birthing ward. Or seeing their parents discharged after a life-threatening emergency and greeting them with balloons, tears, hugs. Or perhaps being present when it was dedicated so many years ago.
Like the road to Hell, liberal ideas are usually paved with good intentions. But, as Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." And all that vast un-knowledge births monster government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, which end up doing more harm than good.
It's a race to the outside. Avoid the middle like the plague. The goal is to not be one with the pack. Even the most conservative of Republicans knows they have to move beyond the rock-solid, standard-bearer of the party line. Anybody who wants the nomination today has to show some flash, be a rebel, an iconoclast, wear a puffy shirt. Wild and wacky is the new name of the electioneering game.
The best response to the Black Lives Matter movement is the one solution we're not considering: integration. Black and white Americans live largely separate but unequal lives, living in segregated neighborhoods and attending segregated schools that seem foreign to each other. We lack the political will for forced integration-even though it worked-but we should consider a student exchange program to build bridges between our communities.