Mary Ann Sorrentino's 2 Cents Worth

Opinions, Observations and Musings

Mary Ann Sorrentino

Mary Ann Sorrentino
RI or FL depending on season, USA
June 19
Mary Ann is a columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel, the Providence Phoenix and other newspapers and has appeared on She was an Associated Press Award-winning radio talk host for 13 years and the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of RI 1977-1987. Her most recent book, ABORTION - The A Word (Gadd Books) is available on line and in major bookstores.


NOVEMBER 23, 2012 7:44PM

Movin' On.....

 OK...just because there are some of you whom I would follow into hell

(and feel as if I have, over the years!) I'm going over to Our Salon with the rest of you.

There's certainly not a hell of a lot going on here any more....too bad...

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Just wanted to check in, read some of your great posts on OS, comment here and there and say hello.

I haven't fallen off the earth, but there are only so many posts one can post if any… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2012 12:54PM

Get the Word OUT: ROMNEY Would Kill FEMA

NO More Mr. Nice Guy!

Obama's troops MUST get the word out, during this disastrous post-hurricane-Sandy time, that Romney said he would eliminate FEMA.

 Encourage the Democratic National Comittee to start running ads ASAP

letting voters know this while FEMA is hard at work helping America's vict… Read full post »

AUGUST 29, 2012 8:30PM




By now most of you know I’m probably not voting for Romney. In fact, as the days go by, I am more and more amazed that this man is the best the GOP can come up with. Then I remember the Republican debates and the alternative candidates like… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2012 1:08PM

What Would Zeus and Hera Think?



On August 12, after the Spice Girls reunite to close the London Olympics, televisions around the globe will go dark for a while, then spring back to life to showcase more sports mania, reality shows highlighting addiction, infidelity, weight gain and loss, and the endless talk… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2012 3:14PM

Breasts, Breasts and More Breasts!



Breast feeding is in the news again, and I am reminded of when Barbara Walter’s admitted that she was “uncomfortable” sitting next to a nursing mother on a plane ride. Americans are obsessed withRead full post »

MAY 6, 2012 8:17PM

Risky Businesses


Seattle’s KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel observed recently that, "More than 1,000 NFL retired players are suing the league now over what they claim is neglect of the issues of head trauma to long-term brain function consequence.”  Athletes with long histories of r/… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2012 9:32PM

Art Deco Round the Globe



Here's my latest travel piece for Yahoo....enjoy!

(See more here  ) Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2012 9:43PM

Abandoned by Our Government


  TIME cover

The April 23, 2012 issue of TIME magazine shows a collegial image of President Obama in the White House gardens with President George W. Bush on one side of him and President Bill Clinton on the other. The three look genuinely friendly and Obama has his hands placed… Read full post »



Just when I thought they were going to put statins in the water supply since everyone I know is on them, my friend Dr. Barbara Roberts writes a book that urges us to take a closer look at the whole question of cholesterol management.

Barbara is so great… Read full post »

Though I wrote this book in 2006 when it was published by Gadd Books, today's horrifying anti-choice initiatives have made it quite suddenly prophetic and "new."
Here is one of the chapters I called "Snapshots" in the book. This one about how one good man… Read full post »


Since I tend to sympathize with the platforms of the Democratic Party most of the time, I should be delighted that the Republicans have been shooting themselves in the foot every day since their primary season began. The malapropisms and factual faux pas of Michele Bachmann, the memory lapse… Read full post »



If you are longing to speak French, stay in a chateau, enjoy great continental food and unwind in an artistic European atmosphere, Quebec may offer you a more reasonable getaway alternative to the Parisian Euro Zone.

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MARCH 3, 2012 10:08PM

Tea Party Truths and Consequences



 A friend wrote me recently to remind me of of this Yahoo post I wrote last summer...that now seems more prophetic than I ever thought it might have been. I hope you will enjoy it too.

Click on Texas for a chuckle.../

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                                                    Two Good Christian Men talking

Two Good "Christian" Men Chatting

It is said about offspring that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2012 8:41PM

The Women Are Right Here!




The men who call themselves “pro-life” and “pro-family” want to limit women’s access to contraception, cut back on pre-natal care for fear it will lead to more abortions, and force pregnant women to have a fiber optic probe inserted in their vagi… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2012 7:34AM

Sicily -- Everyone's Curiosity

 Periodically I share on this page my Travel pieces on Yahoo. Lately so many people tell me they yearn to see Sicily, so here's an armchair jaunt I offered recently to give the uninitiated a chance for a taste of Sicilia.


800px-Mt_Etna_and_Catania BenAveling  GNU


agri temple 

800px-Siciliancountryside Giovanni from Catania share alikeRead full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2012 9:43AM

A Yankee Views Florida Politics

Few Americans are more fascinated with the politics in Florida than New Englanders like me who spend half their time in the Sunshine State to escape the cold and snow of their birthplaces. The stereotypes ring true, it seems, and the point of view of Floridians often stuns the political mindsRead full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 11:43AM


Italians say, “Only good people die.” They are not referring to the American myth that “bad things happen to good people,” but rather to the universal practice by which eulogies declare every corpse a saint.

Joe Paterno is now dead and already the sanctifiers are blaming a… Read full post »


Gov. Rick Perry and two
(Gov. Perry and two "top aides" (?)  - Dallas Observer photo)


I first met Andrea Mitchell years ago in Washington DC when I was one of a number of radio talk hosts President Clinton invited to broadcast live from the White House lawn. She’s a… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2012 6:59AM

Rick Santorum Is NOT Like Us!




A few days ago I finally heard the question I had feared ever since Rick Santorum became the GOP “flavor of the week.” His flavor was going to be “marinara” after my Uncle Arthur in Portsmouth, NH asked “Isn’t he Italian?”

I answered,Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2012 10:34AM

Breasts are for Feeding: Get Over It!


Some people just can’t make the quantum leap between the normal feeding function of the breast and the salacious breast image created by those who just love to make things “dirty.” This year, it happened in a Texas Target. A breastfeeding mom in a remote corner of the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2011 11:24AM

Frankly, Rhett REALLY Didn't Give a Damn

(The original version of this post appears in my column in today's Keene, Sentinel)


(Young in, "She Had to Say Yes" which, apparently, she did)


Judy Lewis 2002 - The apple didn't fall far from the tree

About 75 years ago, when Hollywood starlet Loretta… Read full post »

 (The following is a reprint of my regular column in the Keene Sentinel. This appeared in the Sentinel on Saturday,November 26, 2011)

Even knowing that every citizen is innocent until proven guilty, this grandmother and many other parents and grandparents are tired of the Penn State spin. We kno… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 1:48PM

"Occupying" Reality

Wake up! 

On Thursday, November 17, 2011, the two month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement that started Occupy demonstrations worldwide entered a new phase as hundreds of frustrated Americans gathered nationwide as authorities sought to quash their movement. In New York City, hom… Read full post »