On a Potpourri of Reads

Below are random notes on a variety of topics with links to some interesting reads. I hope you find something worthwhile, and enjoy the musical treat at the end.

On the Latest Brokers
This past Tuesday’s post was about the political center and the current lack of overlap between the two major parties. John Avalon wrote this piece about the current GOP mavericks.

Oh College Football
Dan Wenzel, one of the few Yahoo! Sports writers I give any credit, wrote this good article about the state of college football in terms of the recent dealings by some Ohio State players. Yes, I’m from Ohio, yet count me in as one who thinks the NCAA’s penalty is a both a joke and an acknowledgement of state of major college athletics.

On a Retirement Perspective
Columnist Ellen Goodman (retired, Boston Globe) offers an interesting perspective about retirement and aging that is appropriate for all ages.

On the Previous House Speaker from Cincinnati
Representative John Boehner (R-OH) if a life-long Cincinnatian who is the new Speaker of the House of Representative. The last Cincinnatian to hold that position was Nicholas Longworth, who started in the House in 1903 and then elected as Speaker in 1925. For those interested in a bit of history, see this recent article from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

On the GOP Tussle
On more than one occasion, I have mentioned that Speaker Boehner will have his hands full in managing his own party – especially with the Tea Party’s our-way-or-nothing philosophy. A liberal friend of mine even feels that Speaker Boehner could be a pleasant surprise. I don’t give Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) much of my time, but here’s an interesting analysis of the GOP environment.

On Resolutions
Kathleen Parker (Washington Post, and one of my favorite columnists) weaves an interesting slant about New Years’ resolutions and politics. Not cutting – just good for the brain.

On the Importance of Language
Columnist Nicholas Kristof (New York Times) provides an excellent perspective about being multilingual. However, a segment of our population will miss the point.

On the Size of Government
Columnist David Brooks (New York Times) final sentence in this column is profound: “Quality, not quantity, matters most.”

On Simple Gifts
Simple Gifts, the Quaker tune, is commonly associated with Thanksgiving, although I (and others) maintain it is timeless. Here’s a moving 7+ minutes rendition from the musical Blast. Hope you take the time to watch, enjoy, and remember the simple gifts we can give to other any day.