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The World Keeps Turning: Is this America? Sadly, it is
07-19-2024 1:21 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

It seemed the voracious broadcast media fanned out almost before the vivid red blood streaming down Donald Trump’s face had a chance to be cleaned in an ambulance. They wanted reactions from eyewitnesses, and asked the usual inane questions.Most...

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The World Keeps Turning: Should we question authority? Or everything?
07-05-2024 6:01 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Americans spent a lot of time and emotion fighting among ourselves in 1969. We fought over the Vietnam War, the compulsory military draft, and the “counterculture” springing from it. As a youngish man (or oldish boy) nearing 20, I was happy to march...


The World Keeps Turning: Reasons to rekindle an exhausted sense of outrage
06-22-2024 8:16 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Languages are marvelously fluid and flexible. Words are created, meanings “morph” to reflect common usages, and some are discarded when they’re no longer relevant.“Outrage” crossed the English Channel from France around 1300 with a different meaning....


The World Keeps Turning: The ‘wonder’ of John McPhee
06-07-2024 6:54 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Everyone with a profession, or even a passionate hobby, probably has one person that stands out as a role model, a target of envy, and recipient of uncritical admiration. In today’s inflated language, that person might be termed the GOAT (Greatest of...


The World Keeps Turning: Remembering the civilians
05-24-2024 3:01 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Earlier this year, my extended family met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate multiple anniversaries and accomplishments and marvel at the grandeur of our nation’s capital. The elders and young adults relived some memories with the two youngest boys and...


The World Keeps Turning: Quantifying happiness — How we measure up
04-26-2024 5:23 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

A few weeks ago, Donald Trump again displayed his blissfully ignorant understanding of the modern world. At a fundraiser at the home of a billionaire in Palm Beach, Florida, he went off script (if there ever was a script) not only to complain about...


The World Keeps Turning: Ending, and restoring, tyranny
04-12-2024 5:45 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

A mob of angry men, many recently unemployed, gathered in front of an ornate, stately building, the largest in the area and a symbol of government power. Confident, because the government had taken little action after previous mob attacks, and...


The World Keeps Turning: March Madness magnified
03-29-2024 4:19 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

There’s true madness all around us: wars creating multiple military and humanitarian crimes; apocalyptic climate news daily; migrants fleeing deadly threats and facing more on their journey; our country so deeply divided that we may experience a...


The World Keeps Turning: The great divide
03-15-2024 2:38 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Here’s breaking political news — Americans are nearly unanimous in one central belief: Our society, for the lack of a better phrase, is “going to hell in a handbasket” (i.e., quickly and directly, with the phrase possibly relating to Dante’s trip to...


The World Keeps Turning: Savoring the spirit of competition
03-01-2024 7:01 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

The familiar words bring vivid memories of the 1960s video clips that opened ABC’s “Wide World of Sports”: “The thrill of victory” (a victorious boxer carried overhead by a jubilant crowd) “and the agony of defeat” (a ski jumper stumbles before...


The World Keeps Turning: An eternal question in an unlikely place
02-17-2024 3:59 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Occasionally, a random but striking event occurs that some people might describe as having a hidden meaning or suggest “was meant to be.” My problem is determining the hidden meaning, or who (or what) meant it to be and why.Recently, I was returning...


The World Keeps Turning: Black history and the nuances of MLK
02-02-2024 5:23 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Writing on our national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. and looking ahead to Black History Month in February, the disparity between our country’s professed love for King today and the facts surrounding his life and death are stark. During much of...


The World Keeps Turning: Who’s ‘soft’ on communism now?
01-19-2024 1:22 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

“Red-baiting” — accusing someone of being “soft on communism” or having murky “connections” to communist groups or individuals — has been an effective tactic for Republicans for nearly a century. It’s a simple way to put opponents on the defensive,...


The World Keeps Turning: The myths of the Midwest
01-05-2024 2:00 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

It’s near the end of pandering season in my home state of Iowa — a political season rather than a meteorological one, also occurring in New Hampshire and other states every four years. Suddenly, for a short period, a few states are awash in...


The World Keeps Turning: The Christmas spirit in a world at war
12-22-2023 5:00 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

In trying to look at our world with the Christmas spirit this year, the continuing wars in the Middle East and Ukraine hover on the periphery of my vision, with horrific images of death and destruction just waiting to overwhelm me if my concentration...


The World Keeps Turning: Seeking balance
12-08-2023 5:00 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

In the midst of a holiday season, when giving thanks and giving gifts focus our thoughts, how do we walk upright, maintaining a semblance of balance, through a decidedly broken world? It’s been a question for me ever since my personal world was broken...


The World Keeps Turning: Thankful for daylight, but I didn’t save any
11-22-2023 4:35 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

I admit to being a bit foggy when I woke up on Nov. 5. I had just returned from a trip out of state and airplane rides always throw my internal clock off a bit, even if they don’t involve different time zones.So, I looked at the clock and the...


The World Keeps Turning: The war machine marches on
11-10-2023 5:00 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Veterans Day is, or should be, a solemn occasion rather than a celebration. Few soldiers who served in combat want to celebrate their actions in conditions no one would wish for: kill or be killed by anonymous enemies who have family and loved ones...


The World Keeps Turning: The lies of war
10-27-2023 7:45 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Aeschylus wrote tragedies in Greece around 500 BCE, and fought as a soldier against the Persians in the famous battle at Marathon. As a participant in a battle in which 6,400 Persians and 192 Greeks were killed, we can give him some credence for...


The World Keeps Turning: Childhood terrors — A-Bombs and AR-15s
10-13-2023 5:00 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Although he was neither a mutant nor a ninja, and plagued with a pedestrian name, Bert the Turtle became well-known in the 1950s. He starred in a black-and-white cartoon/film, “Duck and Cover,” that instructed millions of schoolchildren in protecting...


The World Keeps Turning: Doing the third party election calculus
09-29-2023 6:00 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

As I’ve written before, I began college as a math major, mesmerized by its straight-line simplicity (e.g., the total of all notations on one side of an equal sign had to be precisely the same as the other) and influenced by a couple of strong, male...

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