Fake War: Christmas Spirit Comes From Within

By Louis Avallone – “I am so sick of myopic, self-centered, ‘persecuted’ Christians who complain about a fake war on Christmas by the people in this country who don’t happen to share their particular views,” a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News started out. The letter continued, “So please, Christians (‘persecuted’ Christians, not the kind […]

Unspoken Reason: Effects of ‘Deindividuation’ in our Nation

By Louis Avallone – You know how you’ve felt whenever another driver has cut you off in traffic, or has made hand gestures (which were completely unnecessary), as they sped away from you anonymously, disapprovingly honking and shaking their head the entire time about your driving? Maybe you even expressed yourself back to that individual […]

Inner-City Connector

By Louis Avallone – It is widely accepted that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. In fact, it was 5th-century B.C. Greek mathematician Pythagoras, who discovered the longest side of a right triangle is actually the shortest path between the two points on either end. But Pythagoras missed a couple of […]

Fight for Territory

By Louis Avallone – It is often said that, “Life is a fight for territory. When you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want automatically takes over.” This could be the individual who walks around the block each day to improve their health, or the employee who routinely seeks out learning new […]

Deen’s Apology

By Louis Avallone – You know, this Paula Deen matter is interesting. First, and it should go without saying, that using a racially derogatory term, whether in public or in private, or whether used in anger or otherwise, whether uttered last week or 30 years ago, is not acceptable. But it’s not any more shocking […]

Taking Action

By Louis Avallone – So, there we were, at a local restaurant being seated. The music was loud and lively, the wait staff was busy, and every table filled the room with conversations of every kind. And as we unwrapped our silverware and paper napkins, we made a curious discovery: There was a person’s name, handwritten […]


By Louis Avallone – It’s ironic, isn’t it? The Democrats in Washington, on any day of the week, want to convince you that bigger government is better government. They want you to believe that it can provide better schools for our children, even though only 69 percent of U.S. teens now graduate from high school […]

A Motto to Live By

By Louis Avallone – Wal-Mart says, “Save Money. Live Better.” Hallmark is “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best.” Disneyworld is “the Happiest Place on Earth.” And of course, M & M’s “Melt in your Mouth, Not in Your Hands”. These are among the most memorable phrases, or mottos, used in advertising, and […]

Plan B

By Louis Avallone – Ronald Reagan once said, “Governments have a tendency not to solve problems, only to rearrange them,” and the same could not be more true regarding the debate over the “Plan B” or “morning after” contraceptive. In fact, a U.S. District judge just ruled last month that the FDA must make “emergency […]

Triumph of Good

By Louis Avallone – In Stephen Covey’s best-selling book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” habit number 5 is, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” The principle here is that by empathically listening to one another, we create an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving, whereby the other person then reciprocates […]