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Contempt

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 6:33 PM

I grew up in a house in which seething with contempt was the norm. My father so seethed at everyone from Buzzy, my beloved nine-year-old schoolmate, because he was a half an inch or so shorter than I, to my maternal grandfather, who was in the newspaper distribution business and...

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What Has Become of Empathy?

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 9:21 AM

In the end of September of last year, I read an article in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof called "Just Look at What you Did."

Do not ignore this; it is a fine and moving article. Click on the link, read the piece. See if you...

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Our Holy President

(339) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 4:46 PM

Our president has, of late, been referencing God and Jesus more than usual. Even one such reference proves excessive. That his assuring us of both his Christianity and his deep beliefs in popular deities is pandering to the devout, reassuring the suspicious, not so subtly pleading with the electorate in our seemingly...

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Now You See It, Now You Don't

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 7:14 PM

BP... Oil... The Gulf Coast... Dispersants. 
Seafood... Oil... Taste tests... Smell tests. 
Minimizing the damage... Reality. 
Unemployment... The economy.
The Environment... The fate of the earth.

Acy sticks in my mind. I cannot get him out of my mind. I don't mind him there. He is...

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Dinner at Tara

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2010 | 9:29 PM

We dined on Aug. 11 at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge and were hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of the state of Louisiana, Scott Angelle, who was elegant, gracious, charming, and informative. He was a Democrat, he was quick to tell us, and with self-deprecating reassurance, about the most...

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Mother Earth

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 7:06 PM

We are a nation of infants. Short on vision, short on delay of gratification, driven by desires which we experience as needs. Luxuries we deem necessities. Power, lucre. We are greedy, glutinous. Witness the steadily increasing width of the ever ravenous man, woman, child on the street. Like the typical...

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Dear Barack

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 12:55 PM

My heart is broken.

Not the way it was broken when the first love of my life, Bob Streckfuss, dropped me in the 8th grade, and I thought I'd never survive the palpable pain or the bewilderment, the what-had-I-done-wrong repetitive almost audible punch to my gut, the what-what-what could...

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Best Laid Plans ... Mislaid

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 12:11 AM

Part 2

(If you haven't already, please read "Best Laid Plans," posted yesterday, before you read this -- just so you know what's going on). Who knew there would be a part two?

Today, Jim and I reached Ms. McKenzie by phone. What yesterday seemed incomprehensible turned out...

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Best Laid Plans

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 3:18 PM

That which is mind-boggling always entertains. The story I have to tell is truly mind-boggling, so stay with me, that you may get to the "Huh?" at the end.

Several weeks ago, I received a request, via e-mail, "from" Michelle Obama, to volunteer. It was a national day...

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Yellow Stars

(7) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 9:09 PM


Once upon a time there was a country that was very beautiful and affluent beyond reason. Not only was the country rich, but its people were rich as well. Everyone possessed everything he or she could possibly desire. If the king wanted a beach and there was none,...

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Beg Your Pardon

(12) Comments | Posted December 6, 2008 | 10:42 AM

A friend of mine--I'd better give attribution here; his name is Pete Tannen--who periodically writes humorous columns which he sends via the Web to his list of subscribers--is having a contest. Actually, he had this contest once before and is running it a second time. I guess people enjoyed...

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Sarah Palin in The Eye of The Beholder

(7) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 5:42 PM

I was puttering around today, going through my late husband's library of books collected during and after his eight years studying at Yale Divinity School, and I had the TV on in the background, Wolf Blitzer interviewing Sarah Palin, and I thought to myself, why don't you try to listen...

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 9:36 PM

Last night electoral votes were counted, and with excitement rising--nervous excitement, because we feared the sudden crashing, crumbling, or poisoning of the various voting machines being used throughout the nation, a group of friends and I, all ObamaManiacs shifted between CNN, MSNBC, The Comedy Channel, and occasionally Fox (just...

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