Author Archives: Philip E Jenks

About Philip E Jenks

Philip is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.

Justice on the Money

Here’s hoping the excellent biopic “Harriet” will focus more attention on what can reasonably be regarded as a racist decision.

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Cold War Cartoonist

November 11, 2019 – Looking back on my Air Force years this Veteran’s Day (1964-1968), I don’t detect a whole lot of sacrificial heroism. When I wear my Veteran hat in town, people – usually fellow Boomers – reach for … Continue reading

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Memoirs of a Good Conduct Medalist

Veteran’s Day 2019. – I joined the U.S. Air Force 55 years ago last September. My experience was shared by millions of women and men who joined the Aerospace Team since it was founded in 1948. I salute them all. … Continue reading

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Nana Was a Neanderthal

Not enough is known about Neanderthals except we are related to them. Somewhere 40,000 years ago there was a Neanderthal nana who passed on the two to three percent Neanderthal genes you have in your genome. Herewith is a meticulously … Continue reading

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Sex and the evolving male

The debauchery arc of the universe is long, and it bends toward boys. Even Jimmy Carter lusted in his heart. The only surprise is that Fox News never found out with whom. And, look, fellas. None of us are innocent. … Continue reading

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On Humility

[Revised and Reposted from January 2017.] I was a very young and very low-ranking airman when I first arrived at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge in Suffolk, England, in January 1965. I couldn’t help but think of John S.D. Eisenhower’s arrival in Europe … Continue reading

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Woodrow and the Whites

In 2015 some Princeton University students uncovered one of the worst kept secrets in American history: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, was a racist. If these students had grown up reading Howard Zinn or Richard Shenkman, this wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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