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Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Peace Journalist

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. Koehler has been the recipient of multiple awards for writing and journalism from organizations including the National Newspaper Association, Suburban Newspapers of America, and the Chicago Headline Club.  He’s a regular contributor to such high-profile websites as Common Dreams and the Huffington Post. Eschewing political labels, Koehler considers himself a “peace journalist. He has been an editor at Tribune Media Services and a reporter, columnist and copy desk chief at Lerner Newspapers, a chain of neighborhood and suburban newspapers in the Chicago area. Koehler launched his column in 1999. Born in Detroit and raised in suburban Dearborn, Koehler has lived in Chicago since 1976. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Columbia College and has taught writing at both the college and high school levels. Koehler is a widower and single parent. He explores both conditions at great depth in his writing. His book, "Courage Grows Strong at the Wound" (2016). Contact him or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

Articles by this author

 

How Can We Transcend the "Morality Police"?

Morality is not something that can truly be “enforced” by violence. We must find it in our hearts.

Robert C. Koehler ·


Nuclear War and Moral Sanity

In a spiritual and moral sense, the world's nuclear powers are the most underdeveloped nations—committed to maintaining power over, rather than power with, the rest of the planet.

Robert C. Koehler ·


The Military to American Youth: You Belong to Me

The U.S. military needs more than just money (a trillion dollars or so) in its annual budget. It needs access to America's young people as well—both their wallets and their minds.

Robert C. Koehler ·


Feeding the Wolf of War

Creating the preconditions of peace—negotiating with Russia, for God's sake, and beyond that, disarming the world's nuclear weapons, courageously addressing climate collapse—is not wishful thinking. It's evolution.

Robert C. Koehler ·


The Light in Our Lives

It's so easy to remember only the struggles of life, to forget the ho-hum, but this is where the gold lies, the soft, glowing gold of life.

Robert C. Koehler ·


With Wars to Wage, Who Can Afford Peace?

Why do we spend trillions of dollars preparing for and waging war and, in comparison, pennies on the creation of peace—on the outreach and empathy that emerge from our knowledge that we are all one?

Robert C. Koehler ·


Could 'Something' Exist Beyond the Brain? If So, What?

There's more to this thing called life than we can possibly understand, but there are clues. And there is hope.

Robert C. Koehler ·


The Cynics' Monkey Wrench

We're all in this together.

Robert C. Koehler ·

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