In December, 1994, we signed the loan papers to buy our house. It had been a bumpy road to get that loan. When I’d called our bank, the loan officer there had asked a few screening questions. Yes, we had steady jobs. No, we weren’t deep in debt. I hit a brick wall when heContinue reading “Too Poor, and not Poor Enough”
Although Thanksgiving is not strictly an American holiday (some 15 other nations celebrate a “gratitude” tradition in one way or another), still, the date and circumstances of the Pilgrims’ first observation are, of course, unique to our nation. It is indeed fitting that we take a day to show appreciation for family and friends, alongContinue reading “The American Way [?]”
I guess it’s somewhat comforting that Congressman Paul Gosar was censured for posting an animated cartoon online showing a character attempting to kill Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swinging two swords at President Biden. I mean, that’s one small victory for civility, anyway, although it rings just a bit hollow when his fellow Republicans (with twoContinue reading “Where Does It End?”
Last Thursday, November 4, 2021, the paper of record headlined its issue by lamenting the “surprising” losses that the Dems suffered in the Tuesday elections. Evidently, the blue party hadn’t expected to lose the governorship of Virginia, along with several significant down-ballot races. Alarm bells are already ringing about next year’s midterms, they said. MyContinue reading “What They Deserve”
If you’re not an animal person, nothing in this post will resonate with you. However, if you’ve ever had the honor and privilege of caring for a beloved companion of any species or breed, you will have seen more than one example of the story I’m about to relate. Marko came to us purely byContinue reading “An Indomitable Spirit”
I have several friends who quite openly state that the planet would be better off without people, and it would be no great loss if homo sapiens died out, as long as they didn’t take the other creatures with them. I can’t say I disagree. We are the only species, as far as I know,Continue reading “Humans = Devastation”
Here we are, last week of September, taking our annual camping vacation. Because Rick has his favorite state park in the fall, and I have mine, we divide our time between the two. We go to Rick’s choice first, Mohican State Park, because there’s a top-notch restaurant nearby, adjacent to a modern-day castle on aContinue reading “Thoughts on the Road”
In an introduction to a new post on the TomDispatch site, commenter Nick Turse evokes Lady MacBeth as he laments the indelible blood on his hands as a result of the U.S.’ War on Terror. The preface connects to an article by Kelly Denton-Borhaug entitled, “A Parable of (All-American) Violence – Accountability and the WarContinue reading “I’m NOT “We””
Usually, an equinox passes almost unnoticed, with little or no accompanying weather change; it’s just a man-made designation, signifying equal hours of light and darkness on a given day. It’s an official watershed marking the slow slide into cold weather, but it’s nothing to particularly note in and of itself, as a rule, unless oneContinue reading “Seasonal Changes”
Running through all of U.S. foreign policy is one basic flaw: a total lack of empathy for other nations and cultures. I don’t mean by this statement that our government doesn’t calculate that if we do A, then the other country will react by doing B. Obviously, diplomats, policy strategists, and the medal-laden occupants ofContinue reading “Empathy Is NOT Us”
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