April 16, 2017

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Welcome to a new edition of Central Standard Time. I am pleased to welcome back old friends, regular contributors, and some fresh talent. Grab your coffee and join us for comments, opinions, and interesting thoughts.

My friend Greg King is back with an observation on religion in today’s world with his essay, “Can We Talk?”

The bon vivant of South Texas, Brule Eagan, looks to his local politics for some contemporary perspectives in “The Trouble With Eddie.”

How fortunate we are to live in an urban environment brimming with the creative ethos. It is my pleasure to introduce Rebecca Francescatti. Rebecca’s art graces this issue’s cover.

I met this talented lady at a professional function in which she served as secretary and reporter. Her articles were very good. As I am always on the spy for exceptional writers, this was someone I needed to court for CST. The more you know of Rebecca, the more you see the essence of a complete artist. For some people in the world, the muse descends from Olympus and touches them on the forehead…”This is for you.” Writer of songs and insightful prose, and stunning artist, Rebecca is one of those people.

The SCIENCE page returns. Here is an essay on the fate of our species, “The Solar Federation.” I can promise my favorite page will get more attention in the coming months.

From the Publisher’s Desk, a long hard look at the myth and fate of one particular Arab Spring. “Out of Egypt…” examines the zero-sum game of power in the Middle East.

Here we go! Summer is pulling at our sleeve and the time is right for a moment of leisure and good reading.

 Rebecca “F” Francescatti is a performing songwriter, musician, artist and writer residing in Chicago.  Currently a student in the M.A. Counseling program at Northwestern University, she holds an M.A. in English Literature from DePaul University.  When not moonlighting with her bands Rebecca F. & The Memes or Night Jogger, you’ll find her serving the humanities in the fields of counseling and publishing.  

 

April 4, 2017

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After a long hiatus, we return to the ether  refreshed and ready to rock. This has been a sabbatical of sorts as I dove in the waters of political science. I haven’t read this much in thirty years. It’s not Dickens, either. University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer on Great Power Politics, Paul Collier, Daniel Drezner, a detailed examination of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the process of our national government. If I intend to bitch about the state of the world in print, a bit of knowledge would be a good idea.

We are going to try for more diverse and frequent postings from our friends and contributors. As the circle of interesting people expands, so too will sharing their views.

Tom DeMichael gets us in the swing (pun intended) with his always salient views on baseball in Chicago and the WORLD CHAMPION CUBS!! How about that?

Marc Piane offers Chapter 3 of his travelogue and the zen of solitude. My brilliant comrade gives even more brain-power with a thoughtful essay about Thinking Less.

From the Publisher’s Desk are some views on the future of the American electorate. Yes, there is much hope.

Thank you for being here and please peruse the archives for more excellent reading.