I was off by a month. My bad.

When I started writing online, way back in 2004, my blogging was a combination of minutiae designed to keep a then-deployed husband in the loop on day-to-day life at home. We were not quite to the end of W’s first term, but it was already clear to me what his election meant to the country, Read More …

Aftermath (Part 2): Bread and Circuses…

It’s been a while. Sorry about that. With all the distractions and changes between November 9 and January 29, it’s nearly impossible to take in everything that’s happening. There’s another name for these things: Bread and Circuses. We are so used to paying attention to entertainment, to the spectacle, we’ve lost the ability to concentrate Read More …

Slippery slope…

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22 Clearly I’ve struck some nerves recently and folks are beginning to ask for my opinion. That makes me feel less like I’m shouting into the wilderness. Which is good, except that this might be a very short term opportunity to get Read More …

If this is the primary focus for the coming year, we’re doomed…

I’m watching the Democratic Debate tonight on ABC. It’s not just me, I hope. Who’s wondering why the focus is so sharp on Daesh. No matter what the candidates have to say, they’re dragged back to talking about Assad and war. Does this sound familiar to you? No?? Really. I wonder why that is. Isn’t it Read More …

It all comes down to this…

On Facebook a few days ago, Matthew Rose posted this public status that’s making the rounds on my list of friends: Oct 2008: “You’ll never get elected and pass healthcare.” Nov 2008: “We’ll never let you pass healthcare.” Jan 2009: “We are going to shout you down every time you try to pass healthcare.” July Read More …

dis·in·gen·u·ous

Your word lesson for the day: dis·in·gen·u·ous Adjective Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does. Synonyms insincere – false – devious – hollow-hearted Okay, so I’m going to put this out there and get hammered for it, but I said almost a year ago that Read More …

Attempting to see the forest…

Last weekend I attended a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Dinner. It’s an annual event held by congregations across the country, as a chance to get to know people from the congregation and to share entertainment, conversation and good food. During the conversation at dinner, the subject of race came up. The conversation drifted to discussing how Read More …

The end of the beginning…

This week I did something I haven’t done since 1987. I attended classes in college. There’s a long, relatively ugly story about why it took so long for me to go back, stemming from experiences with failure to meet expectations, ill-defined goals, and misunderstanding bureaucracy that might see the light of day here someday, but Read More …

Formal statements mean a lot more with names attached…

In discussing several topics over the last couple of weeks, having to do with gun control, NDAA and privacy, it occurred to me today that I’ve finally got something worth doing on the White House petition site. I’ve said repeatedly over the years since President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law that it Read More …