Do You Want to Fight About It? No, Actually, I Don’t [Part 1]

Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love The bloviated pickup truck torments and bears down on the meek and gutless Prius.  Professional football, a game of collisions, military-like might, and aggressive hysteria reigns supreme as America’s #1 pastime.  As a nation, we struggle to understand and address conflict in the Middle East and throughout the world, yet we …

Do You Want to Fight About It? No, Actually, I Don’t [Part 2]

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? So from this hard realization, what does hope look like?  Two modern truths visit me daily.  The first is the idea (and the book title by Chris Hedges) that War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. People seek that experience that helps them feel a part …

Travel: A February Sojourn in the Heart of Mexico

I’ve known John Byfield since 5th grade. When I moved to Seattle in 1992, John and his wife Kate, who travel a lot, were among the four or five people I knew. They made me welcome then, and they made me welcome again in THEIR new home, Mineral de Pozos, Mexico when I went down …

Trump as Trickster? Unfair to Trickster!

Whenever folks talk about Tricksters in politics and culture, the conversation often gets around to President Donald Trump, isn’t he a trickster? It was only a matter of time before someone adopted that theme as a Jungian lens, a conceptual template, a handle to attach. Randy Fertel’s piece in The Washington Monthly: This Archetype Explains …

Curing Educational Amnesia With A Meaningful High School Diploma

Much of the education debate is over what knowledge is most important and who is best qualified to teach it to our secondary students, grades six through twelve.  A few years back, my state of Washington decided to re-examine graduation requirements and high school diplomas and chose meaningful as the one word to describe the …

Immigration: No Muslim Ban, No Unchecked Power

Immigration is complicated. Suffering is not. I’m a student with more questions than answers on issues of immigration and terrorism. But I know enough to know that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from favoring or disfavoring one religion among others, and that’s precisely what President Trump’s Muslim ban does. The …

Syvia Siegel, 1921-2017

November 19, 2017 My mother, Syvia Siegel, died on Tuesday, November 14. She was 95.917 years old and would have been 96 on December 19th. As is the Jewish way, we buried her as soon as was feasible, in her case less than 60 hours after her passing. The rabbi at Congregation Beth Jacob in …

Katniss Everdeen and Michael Bennett: Separated at Birth?

This is about the sports-industrial complex, not about sports. You may be someone who loves watching the games and are a sports fan. You may be someone who almost never watches professional sports, but care deeply about the progress of our nation. You may be both. In all cases, I am writing to you. The …

A Disruptive Play Podcast . . . Something’s Coming!

My book, Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture . . . . will be coming out this fall or winter. Play champion Kara Fortier allowed me to cast my pod in her direction and we got to talking about it on her Playgrounding website. The Trickster Consciousness in a Polarized World with Shepherd …