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May 8, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, I was browsing Twitter the other day and came across this exchange between three people I follow: Person 1: “Help, my parents are spreading conspiracy theories on Facebook.” Person 2: “Show of hands, whose parents are not spreading conspiracy theories on Facebook?” Person 3: “You have finally said something I agree with.” […]

May 1, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, If a contest were held to determine which word best describes the novel era in which we currently live, “uncertainty” might win the prize. About where we go from here and what to expect, there are numerous opinions. But the most honest prognosticators humbly admit that no one knows for certain. This […]

April 24, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, In April and May of 1963, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized what became known as the Birmingham Campaign, a coordinated effort to protest the practice of segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Martin Luther King had called Birmingham the nation’s most segregated city and hoped that mass demonstrations could pressure the city’s power […]

April 17, 2020

Image is from the cover of David Blight’s book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Dear Drama Observers, One of my great joys is to walk the greenway trail where I live while listening to books on Audible. I’ve listened to novels, to the biographies of various historical figures, and to books about history, culture, faith, […]

April 10, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, During my middle school years, my dad and I would take our boat to a nearby lake and troll for fish. We’d put shiny lures on the ends of our lines and move at slow speeds through what we hoped were Bass-infested waters. When the fish were biting, trolling was great. But […]

April 3, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, “What we most need in this moment of crisis,” said Stuart Stevens, longtime political strategist and childhood friend of mine when interviewed this week by PBS, “is a sense of agreed upon truth.” Stuart went on to say, “And just at this moment when we need to believe someone, to believe experts, […]

March 27, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, A technique often used by manipulators is gaslighting, which I’ve previously discussed on other occasions. This week, I’d like to take a deeper dive and describe what goes on in the mind of the one who gaslights. You and I will be spelunking into the gaslighter’s mental caverns, so grab your gear […]

March 20, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, In times of crisis, we naturally search for ways to explain that which seems unexplainable. When things are out of control, we long for certitude over ambiguity, predictability over randomness, and decisiveness over indecision. I’ll say more about all that but first, let me tell you a story. Several years ago, I […]

March 13, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, COVID-19 is somewhat like a Drama Person, I suppose. It’s unpredictable, people try to keep their distance from it, everybody’s talking about it, nobody quite knows how to deal with it, people will cancel gatherings to keep it from showing up, everyone longs for it to leave, and it drives people crazy […]

March 6, 2020

Dear Drama Observers, I was recently called “boomer” by a “millennial.” In the context of our conversation, the label ascribed to me had less to do with my age cohort and more to do with my old man ways. While it was delivered good-naturedly, the tag was roughly equivalent to being called “geezer.” But hey, […]