The Raven Lunatic

Still trying to figure it all out

Bernadine Spitzsnogel

Bernadine Spitzsnogel
December 01
All material on "The Raven Lunatic" blog is copyrighted by the author. Author of "The Luxury of Daydreams"--available on amazon and all major book sites.


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OCTOBER 3, 2013 3:21PM

A Seachange of Attitude


 I've noticed an incredible seachange in just the last 48 hours in my little corner of the world.  Living in a red state, I hear and see  the ongoing hatred and rhetoric about our President, Congress and the Affordable Care Act on a daily basis.

Today I had three errands,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 12:53PM

And, then they came for me.

When will it happen again?  Will I be a victim when I am volunteering, as I did this morning, at our local rehabilitation center?  Or will it be my husband at the university?  Will it be our son, interning on Capitol Hill?  Or my nephew in his Big Ten university classroom? Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 1:30PM

The Virtual Lives of Children


 By StickyWikis (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

 Since the first rudimentary Dos-based Prodigy chat groups, scholars have pondered about the effect of the online life on children.

 Numerous apps ex… Read full post »

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AUGUST 30, 2013 5:55PM

So We Bomb Syria, and Then What Happens?

One thousand four hundred and twenty nine Syrians are dead through a chemical attack waged by — Lord knows who — and thousands more have died in the brutal civil strife in the last two years. The chemical attack last week included the death of more than 400 children.

Drums beat… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2013 4:57PM

A Piece of Her Mind

No, I never give up, so I've compiled another collection of my newspaper columns called "A Piece of Her Mind."  And there will be another one following it -- probably next spring -- called "A Piece of Her Heart."
Since most of you are writing books, I thought… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 12, 2013 1:04PM

Marco Rubio: Republican Savior?


In today's style of bombastic magazine covers, "Time"  proclaimed Marco Rubio as "The Republican Savior."  The subhead reads "How Marco Rubio became the new voice of the GOP." 

As the 24/7 pundits babble in the background -- complete with a State of the Union speech countdRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2013 5:50PM

The Yin and Yang of Chris Christie


In the last year I've had a change in status. According to all the medical tests and indicators, I've moved from "obese" to "overweight." This is not a distinction without a difference -- in the medical community there is morbidly obese, obese, and overweight and each nomenclature comes with… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 25, 2012 4:41PM

A Visit from Dad

I am so much like him, in so many ways.  But, sometimes I just cannot figure out who he is.  We are watching a "Frontline" special on the Cuban missile crisis which began fifty years ago tonight.

 He is pontificating about Bobby Kennedy's role as he just downed the Caro… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 18, 2012 6:08PM

Goodbye, Newsweek

The demise of the print version of Newsweek gave me pause today to think about my own evolution on this topic.
I have been working as an independent writer for almost four years now, going back to my original career roots in journalism.  (For thirty years in between I worked… Read full post »
OCTOBER 15, 2012 2:09PM



Two citizens of Rome dress as centurions to collect Euros from ugly Americans who want their picture taken in front of La Fontana de Trevi.  One is checking messages on his iPhone, perhaps a summons from Caesar?


Constantly reminded by life's roller-coaster journey that l

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 6:14PM

I am the Other

I was born under the Reign of Ike to a Republican family in the middle of America. We were farmers and teachers and nurses and businessmen. We were church going, Middle of the Road, Americans and lived in our own little naive world.

Yesterday I learned from a Mitt Romney video… Read full post »

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AUGUST 22, 2012 5:12PM

Tampa -- Triumph and Tragedy


One of the highlights of my professional career was serving as a team member (non-clinical) of the second IVF program in the United States.  During the mid-1980s I worked in a marketing role at a hospital in Tampa, Florida.

A group of incredible physicians and researchers specializing in… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2012 1:54PM

Why did the chicken cross my road?


We bought groceries earlier in the week so today we had the luxury of sleeping in.  Finally the heat wave in this Flyover State has broken and last night the temperature dipped into the fifties.  A very welcome change, and I opened all the windows.  

As a friend of… Read full post »

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AUGUST 8, 2012 3:13PM

My Kitty has dementia

Anyone with a pet understands how they  fill your heart when nothing else will.

The day before our son’s 8th birthday we took him to the local rescue center to select a cat.

That’s a misnomer, of course, anyone who knows felines know that they chose you.Read full post »

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AUGUST 6, 2012 10:47AM

Listening for the old school bell from the empty nest

 image from

For the first time in 17 years, I’m not buying school supplies. There’s no graphing calculator needed this year. We have long forgotten the new pack of Crayola 64, the big box with the pencil sharpener.  No color-coordinated 1-inch notebooks, no e… Read full post »

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AUGUST 2, 2012 2:31PM

The Prepper Next Door

File:FEMA - 37173 - Red Cross ^quot,ready to go^quot, preparedness kit.jpg


Image from wikicommons.  In the public domain from FEMA. 

Last week I learned that a good friend is a prepper.  Her family of four believes that our government is going to collapse and there will be martial law. They are preparing to leave on a moment's notice.

Bonnie an… Read full post »

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JULY 10, 2012 8:59PM

Gov. Taskykakes or Rich Old White Guy?

Let the games begin, and if you think I mean the Olympiad in London, you are dead wrong.  I’m much more eager to watch the synchronized swimming of the media as soon as Romney picks his ve-ep choice.

Ed Rollins, long-time Republican strategist, was on Fox News yesterday and said that… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2012 1:09PM



 To my shock, this picture of the actual wooden toy I beat my brother with exists! This is from 1959 "before the incident." The wooden toy was removed from home and taken to Dad's office at school, where it remained until the new school opened in 1971Read full post »

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JUNE 26, 2012 2:40PM

Some Women Can Have It All


When my new ” Atlantic” came with the “Why Women Can’t Have it All” article by Anne-Marie Slaughter, I predicted this would be all the rage between Those Who Have and Those Who Have More.

Slaughter was featured on MSNBC and NPR, and countless other places. Read full post »

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MAY 9, 2012 4:12PM

Red State Thrashing

Photo from Richard Lugar's web site.

Yesterday Senator Richard Lugar got what we Hoosiers call an "ass-whooping." Indiana’s long-term senior Senator was soundly beaten by State Treasurer Richard Mourdock on Tuesday, in a contest that delivered national attention to the normally quiet H… Read full post »


New Harmony, Indiana, is an artist's village on the Wabash River about forty miles from our home.  This afternoon we took our cameras and made a photo walk through an arts and crafts show and some antique stores.

The town has been home to utopians and Shakers (and apparently… Read full post »


I apologize for the length of this. I had to write it for myself and the others who loved Joe Murphy. Much love to Genie, his partner of more than fifty years.

Today I learned that my mentor and former boss (which he termed as double SOB backwards)… Read full post »

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APRIL 13, 2012 3:11PM

On Mommy Track Choices

Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen stepped in a pile of it this week when she stated that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life. I don’t know much about Hilary Rosen, nor do I know anything about her personal life.  I probably know less about Ann Romney, except that/… Read full post »

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APRIL 5, 2012 10:14AM

Putting autism in its rightful place

A testament for early intervention.

Today is our son’s birthday. He’s a fine young man and we are really proud of him.  In a month he will graduate from college. We are optimistic that the path he chooses will be a good one, and that he will make a positive/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2012 8:01PM




My grandfather took fifteen years to die. Newly-retired, he was on vacation with my grandmother in  Asheville, N.C., when he had a heart attack. My mother flew there from Indiana to be with my grandparents; “Grampy” spent 10 days in a Hende… Read full post »