Investigating Power and its Abuse

I’m in Florida, visiting my parents on the Gulf Coast. When the plane landed in Dallas/Fort Worth, for the stopover, and again in Fort Myers, the ground below looked, well, scratchy. In contrast to the loamy and verdant patch of land I call home, the earth...

Leading under Fire

I don’t believe leadership is best served by the parallels drawn to war and sports. It doesn’t capture the sense of service and eldership at the heart of leadership. But I do see one reason why military and sports metaphors are so often used to describe...

Forgotten Leaders

My friend Robert King, among whose many talents is drawing, has been commissioned by a local cafe here in Portland, the Bipartisan Cafe, to draw portraits of the forgotten leaders of North America: Native American leaders such as Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull,...

The Obama Phenomenon Comes to Portland

You have to be loyal to a dream country rather than to the one to which you wake up every morning. Unless such loyalty exists, the ideal has no chance of becoming actual. — Richard Rorty â??Loyalty to a dream countryâ?? is the idealism necessary to fully achieve...