Why Hope and Stone?

Why do I call this blog Hope and Stone? To me, hope is a deep-seeded sense that goodness can prevail over darkness. But “stone”? Have you ever watched a craftsperson lay a stone path or construct a stone bridge? They start with an idea, something they hope to accomplish. Then they turn the hoped-for idea […]

Immigration: It Isn’t About Border Sovereignty; It’s About Human Dignity

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor […]

Does the Reality of America Demonstrate that Democracies Work—Or, Not?

If I lived in an America where our democracy’s reality matched its ideal, I would not respond defensively or angerly when deeply-held opinions of political opponents run counter to my views. Instead, I would trust that in a functioning democracy we would resolve our differences in the interest of the common good. This, however, is […]

A Different Way to Combat Climate Change

The first time I thought about the potential danger of climate change was during my early days in Jimmy Carter’s gubernatorial administration in Georgia. Carter said that other than reorganizing government, he “spent more time on preserving our natural resources than on any other issue.” His focus, of course, filtered down through the agencies and […]