Columnists
  • In Part One of this op-ed (Jan. 15, 2021), I began by describing the mob invasion of our national Capitol on January 6 at the very moment that the joint session of the House and the Senate were affirming the Electoral College victory of the Biden/Harris ticket—Vice President Pence was presiding.
  • Since childhood I have enjoyed western movies, and recently my wife and I chose to watch a number of the classics on the streaming networks. While researching John Wayne’s “Stagecoach,” I discovered that about ten years ago the American Film Institute came up with a top-ten list of Westerns. You can look it up on Wikipedia if you’re interested, but the point for me was that only one of the ten was unfamiliar to me: "McCabe and Mrs. Miller."
  • Gephyrophobia is the name for fear of bridges, for some people it can be quite a problem. Aquaphobia is the fear of water and acrophobia is the fear of heights, those two combined with gephyrophobia could be very devastating.
  • Many citizens were most shocked by the January 6 mob entry into our capitol when the crowd shouted in unison "Hang Mike Pence!" If these Domestic Juvenile Terrorists were pro-Trump, why would they want to hang his vice-president?
  • I remember an old story starring an unconscious zen master.
  • Jared Schroeder, an SMU expert in social media and the First Amendment, predicts that social media giants Facebook and Instagram's indefinite suspension of U.S. President Donald Trump's accounts will probably lead to new social media policies for future presidents and elected officials.
  • Suppose you get a call from someone claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), offering helpful information about COVID-19. It seems legit, but then they ask for something in return—your Social Security number. Your next move? Hang up.
  • The first New Year's resolutions date back over 4,000 years to ancient Babylon, those first ones were actually made in March. The Babylonians are said to have started the tradition during Akito, a 12-day New Year's Celebration.
  • These SMU faculty experts share their thoughts about the U.S. capitol attack, explain what the January 6 attack means for President Trump's standing with the Republican Party and discuss what comes next.
  • On January 6, 2021, US journalism performed its duty by honoring the dictum, "If it bleeds, it leads."

  • Food can be a solution to chronic disease. We are entering an age when individuals could have access to technologies and tools that empower them to match their diets with real-time information about healthy aging. Individual responses to nutrition are based on a variety of genetic, environmental and behavioral factors. Our biology, and hence nutrition needs, are unique and change over our lifetime. Empowering individuals with the tools that track health and diet over time can motivate positive health behaviors in a way that population-based dietary recommendations cannot.
  • As I have written before, anticipating the New Year always makes me want to think and write about the hope that good outcomes can result from evil. In this country as well as worldwide, we have witnessed more than our share of severe illness and deaths caused by the Covid Pandemic. We are eager to turn the page and start a new year with hope for the future.