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 …

“Sick of the slant?” Inadequate description…

Truth hurts. Why am I living in an apartment I can’t really afford, trying desperately to make ends meet and stay afloat in an increasingly hostile world? Because we reacted like the trained monkeys we are when the government told us this was what we had to do in order to protect ourselves. I said 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 …