Politicians Are Like Crowing Roosters

by Henry Pelifian The endless political indulgence of American Presidential elections is an arena devoid of reality like a crowing rooster with his cock-a-doodle-doo.  The presidential campaign crowing  seeks to mold a new reality proposed by presidential roosters and now hens.  Oh, for a political election process lasting 90 to 120 days with debates costing…


A migrant child's dead body lies off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens on September 2, as Greek ministers held talks on the crisis, with Europe struggling to cope with the huge influx fleeing war and repression in the Middle East and Africa. AFP PHOTO / DOGAN NEWS AGENCY


The Child

b. traven Editor’s Note: In September 2015, a powerful photograph of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee who washed up dead on a Turkish beach, put a human face on the terrible tragedy of constant warfare in the Middle East.  Aylan Kurdi was an innocent; so too was his older brother and mother.  They all…

My Dad in Oregon, 1937

Four Sayings from My Dad

W.J. Astore We tackle heavy subjects at this site, but occasionally we throw in a change of pace.  My Dad was a fount of homespun wisdom and sayings.  Three of them immediately spring to mind. “Water seeks its own level,” meaning (for him) that you don’t have to coddle talented kids—they’ll find their own path in…