Month: December 2022

2023: The Year in Preview

2023: The Year in Preview

It’s that time of year again when folks begin coming up to me on the street, in the grocery store, wherever I may be to ask, “Oh, great sage and foreseer of the future, when might you bless us with your annual peek into the year ahead?” To which, I’ll give my standard reply to anyone who attempts to talk to me: “Sorry, I don’t visit.” Alas, that time has come. I’ll now give you some of the key moments in 2023 while, of course, not spoiling all of the surprises. After all, wouldn’t you rather be surprised when the […]

Just in time for Christmas — trading cards!

Just in time for Christmas — trading cards!

The last time Donald Trump teased a “major announcement,” he declared his intention to become the first person to lose the presidential popular vote three straight times. Establishment Republicans winced, Democrats cheered, and MAGA nation fired their AR-15s into the air before falling asleep 45 minutes into the announcement. So, when Trump teased last week that he had another “major announcement,” I was pretty darn excited. With most presidential preference polls showing both Trump and Biden well behind everyone from Ron DeSantis to Pete Buttigieg to “bucket of hamster vomit,” I figured it would be something major indeed to stir […]

It’s the “First World” that gives me culture shock

It’s the “First World” that gives me culture shock

I just spent four whirlwind days in El Salvador, a country that until recently I associated mostly with its brutal civil war of the 1980s and, more recently, gang violence and immigrants fleeing to the north in desperate quests for better lives. I was not there to vacation or visit friends or family — this was work. I was documenting the tremendous progress of a couple of nonprofits working in the country: The Fuller Center for Housing and The People Helping People Network. Having done this kind of thing before, I mostly knew what to expect — warnings not to […]

When the dream cloud stole the beach

When the dream cloud stole the beach

“We have a drought for four months without a drop of rain, and then we go to the beach for Thanksgiving, and it rains!! Are you kidding me? We haven’t seen the sun in three days!” And that’s my wife’s weather report from Saint Simons Island for Beachgiving 2022. Now, to Bill with the sports update. As with so many weather reports, I take issue with this report. While the sun did not make a single appearance during our latest Beachgiving trip, it wasn’t exactly a monsoon. It was more perpetual cloudiness interrupted by periods of mist, sprinkles, fog, drizzle […]