Category Archives: Caring

Obama on Equality for Women

The right is not known for its record of promoting or esteeming (other than objectifying) women. Ersatz leader, philosophical guru and GOP Cultural Minister Rush Limbaugh is known for his scathing insults toward Women’s Lib and to women in general.Theirs … Continue reading

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Corporal Brett Sanders: Safe and Stateside

We talked at length about many things, the very least of which was politics (which we didn’t discuss at all) since they seem petty when compared with the daily drama played out in real-time by our troops. The bullshit ends there. Reality is ever-present, etched in the faces of our courageous troops and a civilization that while dramatically different from ours, nevertheless shares family, friends, fear, trust, suspicion and the full spectrum of human emotion. Continue reading

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Corporal “Bert” “Ships Out” Again

You’ve become acquainted with Corporal Brett Sanders, a longtime family friend and former neighbor, through a post about his coming of age, in which I share how the first hints of his maturation became evident. I’m still in touch with … Continue reading

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America’s Flat Tire: School Funding

Educational funding is a sore spot in thousands of  communities across America.  With no universally accepted model, states  drum up funds that seem to guarantee little other than meeting minimum standards.  Frustrated by scant resources, teachers make do.  With household … Continue reading

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1 in 9 Americans Need Food Stamps

WASHINGTON-  Since its genesis in the 1960’s, America’s food stamp program has helped millions.  Once a recipient, I can attest both to the benefits of Food Stamps as well as the stigma attached to using them, the rolled eyes, impatient … Continue reading

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Why the GOP is Racist: Episode 2

Until recently, Republicans dominated American governance even when not in power, by railing on ethics and values, despite the fact that the GOP record is far from enviable when it comes to what most organized religions define as sin and debauchery.

Coming Soon: Episode 3: GOP Racists, In Their Own Words. Continue reading

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Binge and Purge: The Wedding and “The Wire”

I blame HBO–and David Simon. On Monday, HBO on Demand threw up the second half of Season 4 of “The Wire,” which I’ve seen several times but may be my favorite (a nose ahead of Season 2) .

I’m hypnotized by “The Wire.” When it appears, I gladly suspend other meaningful pleasures including riding my motorcycle and sleep to watch and re watch it. I was up most of the night. Continue reading

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Isolation: The Lady Upstairs

As connected as we are, a distance still pervades our communities, even our families. The lonely come and go, some with little or no fanfare. We pass then on the street and often fail to make eye contact. Simple courtesies once extended by a more gracious society seem to be absent today. Continue reading

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Kings Die at 50: Billy Mays and Michael Jackson

As you’ve certainly heard, the King of Pop’s demise was quickly followed by the King of “As Seen on TV,” Billy Mays. The King of Pop garnered round the clock coverage, shrines, platitudes, documentaries and live coverage. He was homilized and eulogized. The King of “Call Now?” Not so much…even though it would be fair to say that Michael Jackson’s negative publicity regarding pedophilia court proceedings aside, Billy Mays spent more time on TV than Jacko in the last decade, in death, he’s a mere dimple in Jacko’s chin. Continue reading

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Twitter Conquers World and I’m Truly Sorry

Twitter has transformed the way censored news can break–an application that as I viewed banal tweets from “everybodies” on everything from thinking about where to eat, to eating, from wondering if defecation was in order, to explaining how gratifying a dump had been–I must admit the “visionary” in me never conjured it as such a useful tool. Continue reading

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