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THE PANDEMIC AND ME

March 14, 2022

          The pandemic began and I was sure of one thing, but no idea other things were coming. I knew the virus would be around longer than expected but not that our national response would be outright resistance to good sense and the best science–that the war we would wage would be against each other, […]

NO LOVE FOR THE NFL

March 14, 2022

          February, though short in duration, began with the sage forecasts of Punxsutawney Phil, and ended with Presidents Day, to either of which we give little credence or importance. Between were days of racy, suggestive Valentines and of storefronts are sick with every shade of red. Time to love, because we say so.           But […]

GOODBYE, COLUMBUS

January 14, 2022

A navigator/explorer sets out with royal backing to find a passage to India, and comes nowhere near it. He disembarks far from his objective, sees brown-skinned people and cries, “Look! Indians!” From thence he is known as a great discoverer and the rest is a ball of twisted history.           Columbus discovered nothing. He wandered […]

COAL IN OUR STOCKINGS

January 6, 2022

A Christmas Meditation           In old Depression times the above could have two meanings: for being so poor that a lump of coal (a precious commodity then) was all a kid could expect in a holiday stocking; or punishment for being bad before Christmas—both harsh lessons in life for youngsters.           Today we’re putting it […]

WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE?

May 6, 2020

           In this Age of Coronavirus, as in other times that we were reintroduced to our sense of mortality, a cry is heard from sundry reverend voices, i.e. religious leaders, in solemn meetings and august journals: “Does God still speak?” and if so, “What is God saying to us today?”           Back in my Missouri […]

THE FIRST IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY

April 9, 2020

           Nixon tried but failed. It was ominous but he really didn’t even come close. We deemed it impossible anyway; we said it couldn’t happen here.            But it has. Don’s not quite an emperor but he’s a tyrant. And please don’t say he isn’t. Look at everything he’s done, from start to finish, […]

THE FIRST IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY

March 24, 2020

          Nixon tried but failed. It was scary but he really didn’t even come close. We deemed it impossible anyway; we said it couldn’t happen here.           But it has. Don’s not quite an emperor but he’s a tyrant. And please don’t say he isn’t. Look at everything he’s done, from start to finish, in […]

WACKY NEW YEAR!

February 2, 2020

          New Year’s greetings are past, Resolutions already broken, and the Year of Our Lord 2020 will be as messy as the last.           To re-set expectations, comedian Ricky Gervais at the recent Golden Globes cared not a fig for the pompous array of egos before him and gave the world of celebrity a dose […]

THE GIFTS: WAR & PEACE

February 1, 2020

                                          [A post-Christmas meditation]    It’s that time again: the season of Peace as the great gift of God in the person of his Son. And we have the Fox News to thank for breaking […]

THANKS FOR NOTHING

February 1, 2020

                                         [A post-Thanksgiving meditation]          ‘Tis the season of the disappearing Day of Gratitude. Halloween now overshadows mid-Fall. Thanksgiving is just a long weekend from work even as Christmas wraps our malls in mind-numbing […]