Achilles’ Heel…

Achilles’ heel n. A seemingly small but actually crucial weakness. More at Wordnik  from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition It all started with this comment on a post on Facebook, in response to this article about Al Franken: Medium.com: A Survivor’s Defense of Al Franken I said: “Speaking as a survivor of 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 …

On September 11, 2015…

Next Tuesday will be the 14th anniversary of the piece I wrote below. It used to appear on my web site, but I’ve since redesigned the site and removed the section. Still, the piece should be available somewhere, so I am reproducing it here. Back then, I predicted there would be terrible consequences to our actions Read More …

Nine Years Ago…

Nine years ago I was reading email when the reports started coming in. “<i>Did you hear?</i>” Nine years ago I got a phone call from my husband, saying “<i>I’m all right.</i>” Nine years ago I was playing with my baby in the bedroom, watching the news and talking with my aunt to check and see Read More …

Thoughts on Iraq: What do we do now?

On September 11, 2001, I was moved to write a commentary on the mind-bogglingly horrific disaster that was the World Trade Center attack. Its ramifications were and are as dramatic as I imagined they would be, but in ways I only suspected would be true at the time. On this eve, I am marveling at the audacity of Read More …