The Raven Lunatic
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Each generation has a formative moment. For the Greatest Generation and the Silent Majority, the moment was December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. For my millennial son’s generation, the events of 9/11/01 are seared into memory.
For Baby Boomers, the day President Kennedy w… Read full post »
Each October, I think about those few weeks in late 1990 when I felt as if I was being sucked down into one of those frequent waterspouts we used to see when we lived near Tampa Bay.
Now in the Midwest, we struggled at our jobs, tired from the sleepless… Read full post »
Driving home down the west side of Indiana yesterday I listened to an interesting radio program about word origins. One of the words highlighted was “caddywampus.” Turns out this word originates from a word meaning diagonal and has thirty similar words in the English language.
Spending fo… Read full post »
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 »
What a gorgeous fall day it is! Back from a brief vacation to Washington, DC, I'm in the groove again -- writing all day, working on community activities, and making a decent dinner for the husband.
I wasn't expecting the tsunami of grief that swept over me as… Read full post »
When I don’t have something to worry about, I invent it. This is not an acceptable practice for any parent. Life provides enough natural worries.
This thought came to me as I was discussing the potential government shut-down with my adult son, who lives in Washington D… Read full post »
By StickyWikis (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/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.
In fall 1975, my freshman roommate and I had one of our frequent late night bull sessions. (My calling it a "bull session" is an homage to the times — no one in her right mind would call our late night chats that.)
I often couldn’t sleep – because my world… Read full post »
My brother texted me three times this morning before I even got out of bed. He wanted me to think of silly things that our mother said to us. Today would have been my mother's 81st birthday, and it's okay to celebrate, remember, mourn and think about Mom.
What my brother… Read full post »
Three times this week, I’ve had a conversation with someone trying to help a family member navigate a health crisis
In my personal and professional life, I am tied to our healthcare system. In my small business, I provide consulting and editorial services to health care organ… Read full post »
Forty-plus years ago my family drove to California on summer vacation. My dad was a teacher and didn’t ever take off during the school year, so we traveled in the summer.
Our family sedan did not have air conditioning, and 1972 was a hot summer. We drove from Indiana… Read full post »
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 countd… Read full post »
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 »
You started looking for tickets to "Wicked" months in advance. Not the cheap ones from the TKTS booth, but you wanted the pre-ordered dress circle tickets from your special credit card you hide for occasions like this one.
After personally going to the ticket booth at the t… Read full post »
In a short time, change can sweep over a family like an Atlantic Ocean wave.
A year ago this week I watched my mother have her most serious stroke. I was reading to her from my favorite poetry book when she started shaking unmercifully and seemed to lose something inside herself.… Read full post »
That's 1861, by the way.
Last May when visiting Washington DC we toured the Peterson House where Lincoln died. Connected to the house is a multi-story modern museum. The literal centerpiece of the building is a spiral staircase winding for several stories around volume after volume… Read full post »
Over the weekend I watched my usual round of Sunday morning shows, chased by some stiff espresso and my newspapers. One of the conservative pundits on "Face The Nation" assured another in that post-guest babble that Republicans are not "one issue" voters. He said that all this business wi… Read full post »
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 »
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
I should have nothing to complain about; I've just spent two weeks in paradise, sipping Bellini's with my sweetie near the Grand Canal in Venice, seeing great art treasures in Rome and Milan, and enjoying the scenery of Tuscany.
Back to reality with this fine morning. While on vacation, Typhoid… Read full post »
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