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August 12th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Ahead of the one-year anniversary on Sunday of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the governor of North Carolina has issued a state of emergency to release funds for public safety. He wants to avoid a repetition of the violence that led to the death of a 32-year-old woman when an alt-right nativist drove his truck… Read More

On the journey together…

July 27th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

A friend deeply attuned to market machinations called in a bleary depression and awakened me late in the night. Did I see how bad things were going to get? Could I see we were heading into an international depression? Did I understand how the president’s chaotic manner left us without coherent leadership? I was the… Read More

Small Stuff

July 13th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Parents of young children juggle the pressures of career and family life with varying degrees of success. Most will attempt to organize their lives in ways that pay attention to milestone events like birthdays, but I observe that parents often miss the fact that important times with kids generally happen in small moments and in… Read More

Into the woods…

June 29th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I took several days out the city this week and spent them up in the woods. I needed the respite. I had to detach from the news swamp. I was becoming very twitchy, frothy, agitated…also addicted to reading, hearing the latest headlines and developments. I began wondering, where’s the twelve-step program for news overdosing adults,… Read More

Let’s be very clear…

June 15th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Let’s be very clear: there is nothing remotely biblical or Christian about ripping children away from their mothers and fathers. I almost can’t write this given my sputtering anger over our federal officials quoting scripture defending the righteousness of their obscene policy at our borders. They’ve completely violated the gospel of redemptive love. In early… Read More

The Great Revealing

June 1st, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

There’s a lot of media chatter about how we’ve traded away our privacy for the blessing of the technology gods. It’s a big deal. No going back. Maybe we’ll find ways to regulate how techies monetize our identities, but in the main, it does seem that the instantaneous and ubiquitous access to everything all of… Read More

Stuff that matters

May 25th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Yesterday I stumbled into a surprising article in the June issue of Atlantic Magazine that was doubly intriguing given the match-up between author and content. At the age of 95 Henry Kissinger—erstwhile Secretary of State during the tainted Nixon administration and subsequent political raconteur—immersed himself in learning about artificial intelligence (AI). Given its title, How… Read More

Cocktail Fear

May 18th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

In the corner of the room something more than the usual cocktail party chatter was shaping up. I was surprised to hear this group of five millennials talking seriously about fear—an unusually serious turn for an otherwise rather frivolous party. Inviting myself in, I heard a quiet but intense exchange about how fear was the… Read More

Bow and arrows

May 4th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

May 20th is Confirmation Sunday when a number of our kids will receive the church’s blessing for their emergent faith journey. I well remember when my children received this blessing more than 20 years ago. And I remember their questions about what it all meant. Melissa and I answered them as best we could, and… Read More

Facebook Shenanigans

April 13th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Glancing around the interior of the immaculate taxi cab, of which the driver was expressively proud, I noticed a small sign in the corner of a window that said, “Vehicle equipped with security camera system…All occupants will be photographed.” Earlier that morning, Mark Zuckerberg was scheduled to appear before congress, so I was already primed… Read More