MSNBC’s Matthews Worries About U.S. Language Segregation

At the conclusion of his MSNBC Hardball show tonight, host Chris Matthews recognized the problem of America’s growing language division. Speaking in context of Scotland’s secession vote today, Matthews said he worries “occasionally where we are headed in the United States as we see the erosion of English as our agreed upon, common language. Nothing is easier than to break apart over language. Nothing is harder than to unite across the barriers of language.”

Well said, Mr. Matthews. If nothing else, the secession vote in Scotland alerts some among us to the dangers of growing divides by race, ethnicity, class, political party and, yes, by language. My first two books tell a story of where this may take us. For the rest of the Hardball commentary:

Scotland Secession: Warning for U.S.?

Just a few months ago, political pundits treated tomorrow’s secession vote in Scotland as no more than a passing nuisance. After 307 years together, Scotland and England are so intertwined that most firmly believed Scots would overwhelmingly vote … [Continue reading]

Leaving NYC Without My Wife

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Sweat dripped onto my glasses as my wrenched right arm stretched up the bottom of one sofa section, holding a nut in place while my left arm extended to twist an ingeniously minimalist tool. Pains reached every muscle when I earlier passed the … [Continue reading]

On my 50th, 50 Reasons to be Grateful

Reaching the half-century mark today seems an appropriate time to reflect on some of the reasons I have to be grateful in life. To make it simple, I’ll go with 50 reasons, though I make no promise these are the most important. Having gone to … [Continue reading]

The FBI Wants to Know What I’m Doing

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Anyone else have an on-line profile viewed lately by the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI? I suppose it's inevitable given the research I've been doing for my next book, which includes research on Islamic terrorists, drug cartels, nuclear … [Continue reading]

Suicide Escape Out in Paperback

"Unflinching honest." ". . . captures my torment as a teenager." ". . . emotions, fears and struggles are spot on." "Opens minds to the value and purpose of each life." The paperback version of Suicide Escape is out; just $7.97 on Amazon. Kindle … [Continue reading]

Interview on Changing Behavior Network

Linked is an interview I did with child and adolescent psychologist Dr. James Sutton for his Changing Behavior Network, offering tips for parents, educators, clinicians and others hoping to help depressed teens. It's a fast-flowing 25-minute … [Continue reading]

America Through a Game of Thrones Lens

As an avid fan of Game of Thrones, I refuse to take the weekend off. Since I can’t watch a new episode tonight, I’ve taken time to contemplate similarities between the HBO series and today’s political environment. Is Wendy Davis your Sansa Stark … [Continue reading]

After Bundy and Sterling, What Next?

“As a general rule, things don’t end well if your sentence starts, ‘Let me tell you something I know about the Negro’,” President Obama observed in skewering infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during Saturday night’s White House correspondents' … [Continue reading]

High-profile newspaper coverage of suicide linked to ‘copy-cat suicides’ – Medical News Today

New academic research shows that placement, tone and level of suicide coverage detail can impact development of suicide clusters, particularly in newspapers and among teens. For reporters and social media writers covering suicides, please consider … [Continue reading]