Art and Coffee

Found a wonderful local artist whose works adorn a new coffee shop. I picked out a few of her postcards to take with me. Like art often does, her work…

Legacies

Google says a Spanish fellow “discovered” America. Native Indians say they were there first. Nothing but quarreling ever since. Tony and Hunter discovered that you really can fool most of…

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy.

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. The morning news has “Too Big for Their Britches” Tech gleefully bullying more people who dare to disagree with Joe Biden’s flip-flopping orders on masks and…

Kaunas

Last dash of the summer. Off by train to nearby Kaunas to visit Holocaust site and others. Friend and translator Firuza Burkitbayeva guides the way so that I don’t get…

Hope

Today, I listened to powerful people, who should know better, promote “disrupt the whiteness” as a goal in government-run schools. No wonder the President describes “civil war” conditions. It no…

Vilnius Train Station

At the Vilnius train station awaiting my four-hour ride home. Classic Lithuanian heart-attack breakfast on the go—a hotdog in a sweet roll, loaded with fat. Will chase it with an…

Frankfurt

Confession:Made it to Frankfurt on the overnight flight from Chicago. Long walks and longer lines. I stepped out of one line at EU Immigration to check on which line was…

The Gravel Road Ahead

When I visited America this time after months abroad, things had changed noticeably. The Culture Wars have festered. It grows more fierce by the day and no one is immune.…

Dear Caleb

Dear Caleb (Grandson),Admiral Howell of the Black Pearl ship and Pirate Commander Shawn Patrick say they will take you to sail the seven seas when you are ready. Aaargh!!!!😎My adventures…

Fun with Facebook

With my brothers, Jay (top right) and Shawn (top left), in Oregon.We tried applying for jobs today at the Facebook complex in Prineville, but surprisingly, they weren’t interested. Can’t imagine…

“Extremists”

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Be wary in your postings with “social media” organizations.As a well-traveled journalist, I am keenly aware of the genuine threats to basic human freedoms when powerful…

This Will Not End Well

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. False prophets are a dime a dozen. Temperamentally, I am a Puddleglum —that is, someone who is prone to believe that we might all end up…

Off the Leash and Done with Facebook

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. After months of solitary confinement, I finally escaped. Along with teaching journalism in Lithuania, I wrote about media censorship and I posted Covid-19 research in partnership…

Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. There’s something fundamentally wrong with this story about Facebook and Trump, linked below. Facebook evidently believes that it is a big-fanny privilege to be part of…

Is it Safe to visit America?

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Armed robber and convicted felon violates parole and pulls gun, shot dead. Reaction? Minneapolis residents muster to take it out on local businesses, looting and burning.…

Life Answers Us With Infertility

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Some people are struggling to have children and cannot. Others imagine that they are doing themselves a favor by skipping children. If the article linked below…

Selling Your Secrets

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. When Dr. Anthony Fauci and his pals were spending millions of your tax dollars for their batty viral research in Wuhan, China, they were not alone.…

Lessons from Lockdown

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. A lesson that I took away from months of forced solitary confinement is that I talk too much. I’ve learned that all those spoken words were…

When the Mind’s Gate Fails

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. “I tell you what, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed.” President Biden…

Silencing the Others

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. “Hitler didn’t imagine a world of gas chambers and ovens; he imagined a world after the gas chambers and ovens had accomplished their purpose. Stalin didn’t…

Follow the Money

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. An axiom of journalism? Follow the money. Many years ago in Washington, DC, I did a recurring network investigative segment called “Tax Watch”. We unearthed dubious…

Pet Peeve: Labels and Name-Calling

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Pet Peeve: Journalists and the corporations they work for are proving increasingly illiterate these days.One of the horribly bad habits of today’s partisan journalists is to…

Best Burgers in Charlotte

Foodie Guy FIeri of the TV show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” helped publicize Bang Bang Burgers, but their proven reputation for the best burger in Charlotte keeps them on top.…

The Stories Behind the Mask

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Throughout history, when scientists play politics and people die, the cover-ups are never pretty. When only one narrow set of “the facts and science” are permitted…

Major Peeve

Major peeve for years: Passengers who wait until the airplane rows in front of them are completely empty before starting to get their stuff together to deplane. 🛫😱😠😎

Facebook Boots Millions

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Not a sponsored post. Facebook actually brags that they booted millions of American voices from its social media site in this past year. My writing with…

WrapUp: 2021 Done With Covid Tour

Our “2021 Done with Covid Tour” has ended.We took our life back without asking permission and the memories are extraordinary.Rule 1-Be kind to others.Rule 2-No more fear allowed.Here are a…