The Wall, The Democrats and The Art of Negotiating

The first rule of successful negotiating is to do so from a position of strength. If you are not in that position, still declare that you are. If you are negotiating in the public arena, the general audience will not really know which side is stronger, if both are claiming to be such.  This is the framework within which President Donald Trump and the Congressional Democratic leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer find themselves in.


Authors' Strategies for Reaching an Audience

Writers publish books in order to reach an audience and to influence it creatively, politically, socially or otherwise. 


The Wall as a Metaphor

From the last presidential campaign, three slogans come to mind that embody the Trumpian call to fearmongering, isolationism and reductionism: “Make America Great Again” and “Lock Her Up” and “Build the Wall.”  While the latter two slogans are action-oriented, “Make America Great Again” is packed with cringe-worthy beliefs that encompass notions of free-loaders (both countries and persons of color), of resentment (of political correctness, multiculturalism, elites, government itself, globalism), and of rightness(finally, someone who will say out loud what I’ve believed all these years and act on it).


Resolutions require mental resilience

   Travis Daigle has compassion for everyone out there who – yet again – has made a list of resolutions to tackle in the New Year. But he warns that goals like losing weight or curbing spending habits are always peripheral to the bigger challenge, which is acquiring the mental toughness to do hard things. 


A Library Devoted to the History of the West

The birth of the McCracken Research library in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming has a compelling history.


Capitalism and Democracy: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Capitalism and Democracy:  Can This Marriage Be Saved? It’s an odd-couple, with deeply conflicting social values.  Though they have been living together for many centuries, the strains are increasing; their relationship may now be in jeopardy.


Being Balini, Brilliance in the making

Balini Naidoo is a vivacious up-and-coming fashion designer. She not only graduated cum laude in 2017, but is already making waves. She was one of the Top 10 designers for the Society of Dyers and Colourists competition 2015, among the Top 25 Vodacom Durban July Young Designers and was chosen to showcase her Btech concept at the Design Indaba Emerging Creative in 2018.

It is however her innovative design for a braille...


The “Green New Deal”

The “Green New Deal”:  A Slogan in Search of a Program; It’s a powerful new idea, but it’s still vague and it lacks a concrete plan. It’s not yet a New Deal.  Here’s a suggestion.