Whether it’s cops & robbers, teens & parents, cowboys & Indians, or any other personality on stage, screen or in a novel, we actively make character judgements about them. We do the same in our own community! Sometimes our judgements are vague or subtle impressions. But most of our mental reactions of another person are […]Read More
Antagonists & the Psychopath
Often the best thrillers cast the best antagonists in hopes of perpetuating maximum conflict viewers and readers are seeking. It’s the “thrill” factor that makes us sit on the edge of our seats and wince. Screen writers and authors commonly deploy the venerable psychopath as chief antagonist to ratchet up tension and defy all that […]Read More
What is Independence to You?
Over the years I’ve asked my students how they define Independence. Many answers abound; “We got out from under a buffoon for a king sitting over in Britain; The Red Coats can’t order us around any longer; I don’t know, but the fireworks are always exciting; We got our own Constitution.” The list goes on. […]Read More
Polls & Voting
The polls in the U.S. indicate an overwhelming percentage of citizens support smart policy related to curbing climate change. A majority of Americans support real change in systemic racism and policing. The lion’s share of people in the U.S. support equal civil & legal rights for LGTQ citizens. A significant number greater than half support […]Read More