The Widening Gyre

By Charlie Johnston I will be home later this week and expect to get back to a more regular publishing schedule. When I got on the road last November, Donald Trump was president, gas was a dollar a gallon cheaper, and Americans were not being arrested or declared “domestic terrorists” for having the ‘wrong’ opinion. […]

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Fire From Above

By Charlie Johnston The picture above was taken by Sheryl Collmer while I was speaking at the Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas. Is that a great photo or what? I had no idea I would have such a gorgeous view behind me – but it must have been a little divine prodding that […]

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Fractured Expectations

By Charlie Johnston (This piece originally appeared on December 4, 2017 at The Next Right Step. It is moderately edited for content here, but I thought its themes are important in these times. I used to get frustrated that people were so certain that they knew what was going to happen that I feared many […]

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Lazarus, Come Forth!

By Charlie Johnston In the weeks before Napoleon’s invasion of Moscow, the aristocratic and military grandees of Russia both shined and stank like the proverbial rotten mackerel in the moonlight. Ambitious young grandees and lieutenants schemed against their superiors (and betters) hoping to usurp their authority by sliming them. Self-absorbed, arrogant little snots either did […]

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Epitaph

  (I repeat today what has become an Easter Tradition for me – my little story about Pontius Pilate and the Lord. Some, over the years, have commented on how real the death scene feels. I took it almost verbatim from an actual event I participated in. What follows is fiction. I used the literary […]

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Letter to a Friend

By Charlie Johnston I drove from west central Illinois today up to the Chicago area. It was pleasantly nostalgic to be driving roads I had driven hundreds of times before. I passed by places where we had had picnics and gatherings in my political days – and a memorable debate site. Passed through Galesburg, where […]

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Hitting the Wall

By Charlie Johnston I hit the wall on Wednesday this last week. Utterly exhausted after getting into St. Louis, I realized I hadn’t taken a full day off for over a month and a half. Back when I was running big campaigns, I was pretty insistent that the candidate should take at least one day […]

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