Phil Harris works as a software engineer in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has been working in the computer industry for more than twenty-three years; designing software for medical offices and electronic document and report management systems.
A wide range of other work experience provides insight into many corners. He has been a radio disk jockey, uniformed security officer, loss prevention specialist, bank teller, car salesman, carpenter, and a retail computer storeowner. He also built and operated a recording studio for several years, producing vinyl record albums for local artists.
Phil and Mary, his wife of twenty-six years, have shared the joy of raising three boys and the grief of losing an infant daughter. These life and work experiences have given Phil a common sense view of the world. He shares this wisdom through his website called Citizen Phil, where he offers commentary about politics and politicians, liberals and liberalism, as well as society and social values. Occasionally, he will write about his Christian faith or just some off-the-wall story from his past.
Phil also enjoys writing fiction. One book, "Cry for the Shadows" is available through his publishing company, CyberPersonics. Another manuscript, "Natural Consequences" is finished, and a sequel to "Cry for the Shadows" is underway called "Lucifer's Snowstorm". These two books tell engaging stories while examining pro-life themes.
There is a tendency for people to seek out experts on various subjects as they hope to develop informed opinions about current events in society and government, war and peace, or any number of subjects. Often times, expert opinions are as varied as the flakes in a snowstorm. In the end, sometimes, ya just gotta know what Phil thinks.
The popular advice for dealing with the future has been to keep the chin up, face directly into the wind, and place one foot after the other. To look back is folly because what is done is done and there is no good to be discovered by looking at what might have been.
“Please Grandpa,” pleaded Max, “tell me some more about the old days.”
Through the years of childhood and for some time as a young adult, when asked if I were conservative or liberal the answer was automatic and without hesitation. I replied that I was liberal.
Throughout the ages, a single question hangs on the face of mankind like a hairy wart on the end of the nose. Each of us will live our lives, raise our children, and then lay down to die with this question asked, but never answered.
Barack Obama’s repackaged song of social justice through wealth redistribution is nothing but a version of Karl Marx’s dream, trimmed and garnished for the ears of worried Americans.
Around Thanksgiving, it has become nearly as traditional to watch a local television reporter stand nervously in the middle of a sea of quivering turkeys.
There is a paradox at work in this election.
Tip O’Neil hangs in history like the rest of the good ole days. His was a time that marked the end; a time when there was partisanship, but plenty of rolled up sleeves intent on accomplishing business for the good of the nation.
The article has been making the rounds through email inboxes, and had I not found the story myself, I was tempted to chalk it up to conspiracy theories gone wild.
If we examine the current state of affairs in the credit industry through the lens of common sense, it is not difficult to overcome the insane tendency to ascribe Solomonesque wisdom where it doesn’t belong.
This is a stunning election season that is ablaze with drama. It is also a stunning season of contrasts.
She spoke directly to the hearts and minds of everyday Americans, sick of self-perpetuating, self-aggrandizing elitists.
The fact that gender even has a check-box next to it on your list of pros and cons makes you a bone-head to begin with.
Barack Obama's big speech at the Democrat National Convention was well delivered, but as usual it was wrapped in empty platitude
Conservative Republicans are the closest thing to a natural, steady remedy for what ails this nation.
Standing near the doorway of a local skateboard shop, waiting for my son and his friend to obtain autographs from a bevy of "awesome" professional skateboarders inside.
If you live under the false premise that doomsday will never come, some basic laws of nature (concerning energy) may be appropriate for you to note.
Having a grasp of the science behind natural forces like thunder and lightning is a good thing. Having such knowledge can sometimes give us half a chance to protect ourselves.
Two groups will find this discussion to be unpalatable, despite the fact that they are otherwise diametrically opposed to each other.
No doubt, the written world will be filled with tributes to Tony Snow. Most will come from people who knew Tony personally as a friend or colleague, and of course, they will be most qualified to write of the man.