When kids let it all hang out

When kids let it all hang out

A good friend asked me to meet with him, his son and the son’s 16-year-old daughter after a nude photo of her appeared online. The photo, a selfie shot by her with a smartphone, showed her sitting naked with her legs spread and her vagina exposed. “I sent...
Minding your ‘f’s’ and ‘c’s’

Minding your ‘f’s’ and ‘c’s’

Donald John Trump, the 45th president of the United States and one that has established a new low in language, treatment of people and disregard for the law and the Constitution, wants Samantha Bee fired by TBS for calling his daughter, Ivanka Trump, a “feckless...
Thoughts from the Blue Ridge

Thoughts from the Blue Ridge

  The time, the Walrus said, to speak of many things. I write more than I speak and most of what I have written about for more than five decades concerns politics, most often about the failure of the political system that drives and — I believe — is...
The death spiral with crystal meth

The death spiral with crystal meth

Dana (not her real name) turned 18 a month ago and decided it was time to talk about how she lived her life as a high school student experimenting with crystal methamphetamine, sex with boys and sometime with other girls. “Someone like you may think I’m a...