Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Sep 18, 2013 6:00am

Poverty of the Soul: Time to Address the Real Issue

Analysis Another tragic mass killing and we each search for answers. The horrendous recent day at the Washington Navy Yard is another wake-up call that as a society and a nation we need to face reality. And as we know from any positive change in… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Aug 26, 2013 6:00am

Time to Share Our Dream With Others, Even if It’s One Person

Analysis by Matthew Dowd: Fifty years ago this week the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a nation and a movement with his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C. All profound destinations as a world and as individuals start with a dream or… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Aug 18, 2013 5:11pm

Debating the RNC Debate Decision

ANALYSIS It has been a moment to debate debates. The Republican National Committee unanimously voted this past week to not allow NBC or CNN to hold a Republican presidential primary debate in 2016 if they continue with their biopics dealing with Hillary Clinton. They have… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Aug 15, 2013 6:00am

Presidents, Pastors and Purpose Seekers: Finding the Balance Between Action and Contemplation

Throughout history, there has been a tension between a life of action and a life of contemplation, between lots of activities and times of rest, and between work and time off.  And in the end, every spiritual leader from Jesus to Buddha to St. Francis… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Aug 9, 2013 4:16pm

The Silenced Majority: Mutts Need a Home

Today, the political parties in America seem locked in a day-in, day-out battle for the electorate.  The turnover in office has been profound for more than ten years.  It has been a switchover in control from one party to the other as great as any… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Aug 4, 2013 2:55pm

Lessons From Thoreau: Reflection, Integrity, Civil Disobedience

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Thoreau… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Jun 2, 2013 7:00am

Learning From Loss, in Life and Politics

Learning and lessons in life come more from our losses than from our wins. And our growth and forward movement arises more out of our mistakes and mishaps, than out of what we perceive as our smart decisions and choices. This is as true in… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Apr 25, 2013 6:00am

Lessons From Boston: How to Be a Man

OPINION Last week, in the midst of the search for the remaining Boston bombing suspect, I tweeted out a note saying I wished folks would come up with a different term than “manhunt” because the behavior and actions of the Tsarnaev brothers were anything but… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Apr 17, 2013 2:22pm

Do Americans Crave Justice or Revenge in Wake of Boston Bombing?

What is strength?  How does one define standing tall and strong in life?  Why do we often confuse patience, kindness and gentleness with weakness? Many of these questions come to mind as I watch the horrific scene in Boston in the aftermath of the horrible… Read More »

Matthew Dowd

By Matthew Dowd

Mar 16, 2013 6:40pm

Advice for Pope Francis: Remember Your Namesake

A few years ago I decided to go on a self-directed solo pilgrimage to holy places representing Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Of course, this was all in the aftermath of my rather public break with President Bush in which the White House described… Read More »