Author Archives: Michael McIntyre

General Motors won’t be criminally prosecuted

Conservatives claim and, sadly, many recent courts agree, that corporations are like persons, with many of the same attendant rights. But here is a case where a corporation, General Motors, engaged in criminal behavior and it ought to be criminally … Continue reading

Posted in Civil liberties, Ethics | Leave a comment

Valentina Rodríguez in Patricio Guzmán’s film Nostalgia for the Light

Subtitles, by Katie Henfrey, from the end of Patricio Guzmán’s film Nostalgia for the Light: Voice-over narration: “Valentina works for the leading astronomy organisation in Chile. Her grandfather taught her to observe the sky when she was a child. She … Continue reading

Posted in Film (uncategorized) | Leave a comment

My Uncle Jack’s letter to me when I was very young

My uncle, Dr. John H. “Jack” Daugherty (1941-1984), wrote me this letter when I was very young. The setting, Harms Woods (, is in northern Cook County, Illinois. I also mentioned Jack in my second-ever post on this blog ( … Continue reading

Posted in Uncle Jack | Leave a comment

“Keep Your Flowers Off My Grave”

Dean and I are still writing songs, and having demos of them made.  I don’t want to post every song we write here, but since this is one that we feel is particularly good, I will mention it here.  It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Music (uncategorized) | Leave a comment

Connecting the dots

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (August 28th), Michelle Alexander (whose book, The New Jim Crow, I mentioned and quoted from here) posted the following Facebook status update: For the past several years, I have spent virtually … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander, Michelle, Civil liberties, Current events, Ethics, Quakerism | Leave a comment

“Mom! He’s looking at me. Make him stop!”

What sibling doesn’t have memories from childhood of saying something like that to his/her mother?  Most moms know how to handle such episodes without resorting to throwing the offending kid down to the ground and choking him out.  Most moms, … Continue reading

Posted in Civil liberties | Leave a comment

To Hear Us Talk

Robert Frost (from New Hampshire): On a Tree Fallen Across the Road (To Hear Us Talk) The tree the tempest with a crash of wood Throws down in front of us is not to bar Our passage to our journey’s … Continue reading

Posted in Animal theology, Frost, Robert, Hamann, Johann Georg | Leave a comment