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Mixed Nuts

Along with almost everyone else at the time, I grew up in a house with nuts.  Not my parents, of course, but actual nuts.  Pecans, English walnuts, filberts, almonds, and Brazil nuts were usually found in one of those nut bowls with a place for the nutcracker and several picks in the center.   Ours had a rough bark-like edge around […]

Life Is Like A Chocolate Factory

Doesn’t everybody love Lucy?  Over thirty years after the death of Lucille Ball, the iconic television character she created continues to provide comic relief to a world that is increasingly anything but comical.  Anybody who doesn’t love Lucy is as suspect in my books as those who don’t love dogs.   I’m not sure whether it would fall into the realm […]

Texas, Oh Texas

Not much of eighth grade social studies class made a lasting impression on me, but the teacher who taught me did.  Her name was Mrs. Boswell, but the connection between that name and James Boswell, friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson, didn’t register with me until much later. Middle school, or junior high as it was called back then, arrived […]

A Bitch Slap By Any Other Name

This has been a banner week for clarifications or, to put it less delicately, bitch slaps.   There was U. S. District Judge Linda Parker delivering a cheek-stinging slap to Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and a host of other pro-Trump lawyers for the suit they filed in Michigan accusing public officials of the illegal manipulation of ballots to get Joe Biden […]

No Mo Cuomo

“What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg.  I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict.’  He’s a predator.  But what he’s, as it were, the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference and what my mother […]

A Day In The Life

Life is so much more simple for me these days, now that my responsibilities are culled down to maintaining hearth and home, a selective social calendar, and a weekly missive in the form of this column.  But even this relatively newfound simplicity is marked with complexities beyond my comprehension, which will be noted with an asterisk below.  Take Monday for […]

An American Fairy Tale

One of the few things in American life that most of us have in common, regardless of whether one is a baby boomer or Generation Z or something in between, is a connection to The Wizard of Oz.  Time hasn’t diminished the magic that occurs when Dorothy opens the door in a sepia-toned Kansas farmhouse and walks into the Technicolor […]

Don’t Fence Me In

In one of my previous incarnations, about the time of the Nixon administration, there was an internal struggle between my desire to go to heaven and my wondering what the hell everyone would do once we got there.  This seemingly is still a puzzlement to many, as googling “description of heaven” will return an almost endless list of opinions on […]

A Critical Theory Or Two

“Don’t be so critical” was an admonishment I heard so often growing up that, to this day, just hearing that C-word gives me flashbacks.  It’s a trigger word for me, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve been going off like a revolver in a gunfight lately. The term “critical race theory” is really a string of triggers […]

Aha, But No Epiphany

Weeks with at least one good epiphany are the best.  Even when we are young, those sudden discoveries about the meaning of something or what is essential about a situation or a person imbues us with the sense we’ve gotten at least a little bit closer to wisdom.  It can be an intoxicating feeling. These days and at this age, […]