This should be LONG out of date, but given the news last night of how many places are again bouncing back UP into COVID, we aren’t where we should be and maybe we never will be. You might think by… Read More ›
HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY, AND TRUTH
I love history and I read a lot of it. My first reading choice is usually fantasy and/or time travel, but after that? History. Lately, I’ve been reading serious biographies of people I have always admired and in whom I… Read More ›
A MINI HISTORY FOR NON-AMERICANS
Like most wars, our Revolutionary War was about money and land — pretty much like every war. The money part was about taxes — especially on tea, which was very big until America discovered coffee — and who should pay… Read More ›
OUR PANDEMIC LEGACY – RICH PASCHALL
What We Have Learned So Far, by Rich Paschall While we certainly have not put this long social nightmare behind us, we have learned a lot along the way. These are some of the highlights, or in most cases, lowlights…. Read More ›
SEND IN THE CLOWNS REDUX – Garry Armstrong
From May 14, 2017: A little piece from Garry that rings as true now as it did four years ago on this same day. “Send In The Clowns”, on its own merit, is a beautiful song from the show, “A… Read More ›
PLAGUES AND PANDEMICS
Plagues are not always pandemics. For a plague to become a pandemic, it has to have spread so widely that no location is spared. A pandemic is a plague (or epidemic) that has run out of control. Back in those… Read More ›
INHERIT THE WIND
Fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy and needs feeding – Clarence Darrow
WHAT DOES CHARLIE BAKER HAVE AGAINST WORCESTER COUNTY?
Massachusetts isn’t a huge state. We aren’t Texas or even New York where there are miles of open country between cities. Basically, we have one city — Boston — and a lot of small towns. You can drive from the… Read More ›
IT ENDED AS IT BEGAN: THE T@%$# IMPEACHMENT REDUX
I wish that T&%$# Impeachment II had ended with a surprise, but it didn’t. It ended better than I thought it would. The really most frustrating moment was Mitch McConnell’s diatribe against T&%$# after the trial. Basically, the jury, aka… Read More ›
JUST WHEN YOU THINK T%$#@ IS GONE, HE’S BACK. AGAIN.
I really thought we’d finally gotten rid of the Orange Menace, but he’s back. You’ve got to hand it to what’s-his-name. He wanted to be special and he is. Not in a good way, but who else has managed to… Read More ›
Watching Impeachment Redux on CNN, eating Owen’s freshly-baked French bread (oh wow oh wow it’s so GOOD!) while realizing I’m not getting dressed today. I’ve got Lidocaine patches on my back and anything with a waistband will knock them off…. Read More ›
TWO WEEKS WITH BARACK & MICHELLE OBAMA – “A PROMISED LAND” & “BECOMING”
“Becoming,” by Michelle Obama and “A Promised Land,” by Barack Obama were on the best-seller list for quite a while. I’ve gotten a bit tired of political books, but I was running out of new books. I’d read all the… Read More ›
GLUED TO THE NEWS
I admit it. Other than a short car ride with Owen today, I watched the news. Garry has a cold. Not a really bad cold, but he was already bummed having realized that NOTHING he thought was going to get… Read More ›
THE DAY AMERICA’S HONOR DIED
It was a hard day in the U.S. We woke up to the joy of having won both senate seats in Georgia, went to watch the goings on in the Senate. That was when the terrorists decided to take over… Read More ›
LET’S NOT MAKE NEXT YEAR ABOUT TRUMP. I’VE HAD ENOUGH, HAVEN’T YOU?
From: THE SHINBONE STAR: IS DONALD TRUMP ABOUT TO SHOOT HIMSELF IN THE FOOT? Donald Trump’s vanity finally collided head on with his inherent ignorance when he tinkered with the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Deep inside this act… Read More ›
A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR
Remember the line from a song in Mary Poppins (the original movie with Julie Andrews) where she sang “Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down?” I remember when Trump was elected saying that once he got… Read More ›
AS WE FINALLY CLOSE THE 2020 ELECTORAL VOTE COUNT, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
This morning (the voting was yesterday), the news was full of live shots of many states authorizing their electoral counts. And Mitch McConnell officially told the GOP it’s “time to move one; Joseph Biden is President-Elect.” Is this going to… Read More ›
THE WILLINGNESS TO REJECT REALITY
There was an article in “The Atlantic” — A Political Obituary for Donald Trump (this article will appear in the January/February 2021 issue) — about Trump and how his lies are like radioactive dust. The distrust they have caused may… Read More ›
WE ALL NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE BETTER
Despite all logic and reason to the contrary, Trump still continues to hunker down in the White House. Does he really believe he can stage a coup and become King of America? Does anyone genuinely believe that? I’m sure there… Read More ›
IS THERE ANY NEWS WITHOUT THE ORANGE MENACE?
Over the past four years, we’ve become addicted to the Orange Menace. Whether you hated or loved him, he was our national — international — soap opera. No longer did we need to wait for an event or calamity to… Read More ›