Yearly Archives: 2013

A miracle or coincidence?

A miracle or coincidence?

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Every now and then, something unforeseen and special happens—something that logic or reason would tell you is either impossible or that the odds against it happening are overwhelming. And yet those things … More>

Transformational Thanksgiving

Transformational Thanksgiving

Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects … More>

A judgment on intelligence

A judgment on intelligence

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Thinker.

Despite everything you’ve gleaned from spy novels and movies, the most important raw material for a successful intelligence service isn’t information; it’s judgment.  If you don’t know what information is worth … More>

Bonding over baseball

Bonding over baseball

Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school … More>

Camelot and the Syrian crisis

Camelot and the Syrian crisis

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Camelot. During its tenure, President John F. Kennedy’s administration set national security precedents that have influenced the way Washington has approached military commitments to the present day.

For instance, … More>

Intentional dementia

Intentional dementia

During Mother’s last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, “Sometimes she’d tangle one story with another and couldn’t find her way out” (In My Father’s … More>

In memoriam – An FBI life

In memoriam – An FBI life

Editor’s note: Edward S. Miller was a 1949 Grove City College graduate and a lifetime G-Man who left behind a trail of fascinating tales that merit remembrance. This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

America has lost … More>

Death panels? Of course …

Death panels? Of course …

Recently the debate about “death panels” has been heating up as Republican Congressional leaders express their opposition to implementing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by refusing to appoint members to serve on it. The IPAB, which was referred to … More>

The “why” behind the IRS scandal

The “why” behind the IRS scandal

Let’s begin with a premise. Challenging, delaying, questioning, or bullying organizations about their non-profit, educational purposes chills both free speech and a free press. The current ruckus involving Internal Revenue Service policies aimed at conservative political groups supports that notion … More>

My inheritance

My inheritance

The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, “You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility.” My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to live her … More>

Firearms Discussion (Part V): “Reasonable” or “Sensible” Firearms Policies?

Firearms Discussion (Part V): “Reasonable” or “Sensible” Firearms Policies?

President Obama routinely promotes his firearms policies with the adjectives “reasonable” or “sensible,” and he probably believes quite sincerely that his proposals are just that. Implicit in such adjectives, however, is that those who disagree with him (including, I suppose, … More>