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Sally Swift

Sally Swift
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
June 14
VP, Repartee
Swift Retorts
sally: a journey, a venture, an expression of feeling, an outburst, a quip, a wisecrack ... me


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JUNE 28, 2013 4:49PM

Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay


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"They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets."  Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.” Jack HunterRead full post »

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MAY 23, 2013 3:02PM

Liberace, Behind My Candelabra


 “As he grew more artificial, he grew more genuine.” Quentin Crisp.

I haven't seen Steven Soderbergh's HBO movie, "Behind the Candelabra," about Liberace, the Maestro of Kitsch and his young lover Scott Thorson. I haven't met Michael Douglas, who plays Liberace, or MRead full post »

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JANUARY 23, 2013 7:34PM

I Got Married On A Bet 31 Years Ago Today


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I  never wanted to marry, which is odd because though I've sown my share of wild oats around the globe, I'm basically a monogamous homebody. Wherever I've lived, I've created a nest. And preferred only one man at a time to share it with me. But never quite

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 4:19PM

Presidential Debates, Appearance VS Substance


A little over four years ago Senators Barack Obama and John McCain squared off in a series of presidential debates as historic as the debates between Vice President Nixon and Senator Kennedy a little over four decades ago. The Nixon-Kennedy debates were the first ever televised, inRead full post »

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MAY 31, 2012 2:13PM

Bob Dylan, My Story

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"Bob's voice, with its weight, its unique gravely power, was redefining not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel. Today, everybody from Bruce Springsteen to U2 owes Bob a debt of gratitude. There is not a bigger giant iRead full post »

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MAY 11, 2012 1:04PM

Breast Feeding Frenzy, Time Mag Jumps the Wrong Shark

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"I breast-fed all three of my children, because the milk is free." Michelle Singletary

I wouldn't touch the Time Magazine article on mothers breast feeding older kids with a ten foot pole. For me, it's a simple equation: AmuseRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 14, 2011 3:08PM

When Joe Frazier Knocked Me Out



"Go out there...and make smoke come from those gloves. You can make smoke, boy. Just don't let up." Yank Durham, Joe Frazier's trainer  (That pep talk  created the nickname 'Smokin' Joe).

Another legend has left us. Not a rock star or a corporate genius or a
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JUNE 10, 2011 1:47AM

Does Profiling Cancel My Liberal Label?


I grew up in an ultra Liberal home. We were taught early and often the importance of equality and tolerance for all. No racial or religious slurs or jokes allowed, we were raised Enlightened, accepting of all creeds, cultures, beliefs. And to be what was calledRead full post »

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MAY 6, 2011 12:51PM

Mortified By Dan Rather

It's been an amazing week. Historic. I'm proud of our president, our military, our country. Republicans in Congress and many of the media, especially the naysayers ... not so much.

If you're as fed up as I am with the overabundance of idiocy coming from pundit's mouths and the sheerRead full post »

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APRIL 15, 2011 12:25PM

Healing In Bed With Grey's Anatomy

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"It's important to tell the people you love how much you love them while they can hear you."  Meredith Grey

Karen died. She's gone from my life forever. Those two simple sentences shock me, mock me. They make me cry. The pain is still so sharp it takes
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APRIL 8, 2011 9:58AM

My Superstitious, Sentimental, Priceless Love Beads


We're superstitious in my family. I bet you are too. Not the best trait to pass on to our children. We try to keep it casual, natural. Our goodbyes, for example, whether in person, on the phone, even text, always end with, "I love you." "I love you too."Read full post »

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MARCH 18, 2011 1:19PM

Japan's Lesson From Three Mile Island, Lower FUBAR Levels

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"The minute I heard that there had been an accident at a nuclear facility, I knew we were in another dimension." PA Governor Richard Thornburgh

Japan has been pounded by two gigantic natural disasters. And now the country has entered another dimension asRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2011 9:55AM

Valentine's Day Can Kill You, Don't Try This At Home

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Valentines's Day is dangerous. It spreads the disease chick-flick-itis. Which fosters expectations of The Grand Gesture. Candy. Flowers. Poetry. A candlelit dinner. Jewelry. A lover sweeping you off your feet.

All that pressure, somebody's gonna get hurt.

I know it all too well. O… Read full post »

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JANUARY 19, 2011 7:42PM

My Life Online With Bears, Penises, Porn Stars & More

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An AOL offsite when I was still Honey.Yes, it's the Macarena. Shut up.

My very first online screen name was 'Honey.' Yep, just one word. My email address would have been, but nobody used dot com emails in the early 1990's. Nobody used real names either, just screen names.Read full post »

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JANUARY 17, 2011 2:48PM

Dr King Still Has The Power To Heal Us

 "If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have had a try to tell America about a dream that I had had." Martin Luther King, Jr

There's a sickness in this country. We keep getting hit with it, over and over. There's no vaccine, apparently no cure or true desire for one.
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NOVEMBER 24, 2010 1:38AM

The First Thanksgiving, And The Last

Is there an American anywhere who doesn't instantly recognize this scene as "post Thanksgiving dinner coma"? (Karen's, last year)stuffed

For as long as I can remember, our family's Thanksgivings have been either a curse or a blessing. Sometimes both. If you think about it, that's pretty much the/
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NOVEMBER 11, 2010 4:38PM

Veterans Day, Who Served Our Country And Who Didn't


"I had other priorities in the 60's than military service." Dick Cheney

Veterans Day. The perfect time for Dick Cheney to nail patriotism to the outhouse wall. I got a fascinating email today that's additionally germane, what with former President
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AUGUST 12, 2010 5:44PM

Making A House More Than A Home

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"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future." Gail Lumet Buckley

Although I am creative by nature, I have no 'artistic' ability in any traditional form, not painting, sculpture, photography, clothes, jewelry. "Art" does not take s
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JULY 30, 2010 12:12PM

My Mad Men Days with Chelsea Clinton's New In-Laws

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I am now connected to the Clinton Dynasty by one degree of separation. Or is it two? I'm not so good at math, but as an ad agency marketing whiz, I once worked for and with Chelsea's new in-laws, Ed Mezvinsky and the former Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky.

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JULY 16, 2010 3:25PM

Widowhood by Plane Crash, My Sister's Journey


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"Life, as I had known it, was gone forever. I became someone else through all the emotional ups and downs and then to how do I spend the rest of my life."

Four years ago today, on July 16, 2006, my sister Judy's husband Bob wasRead full post »

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JULY 12, 2010 4:22PM

Mel Gibson, Don't Phone Home

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"There is no salvation for those outside the Church.” Mel Gibson, Herald Sun, Australia

"The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Mel Gibson, to police during 2006 arrest

"You look like a fucking bitch in heat, and if you get raped by a pack

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JUNE 18, 2010 9:44AM

Bad Fathers

My father and little me, in the brief before.s&k

From every generation, fathers have come in all emotional sizes, well-meaning and mean-spirited, helpful and hopeless, decent and decayed, good and bad. They are all products of their own childhoods, good and bad. It's a mystery how someRead full post »
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JUNE 11, 2010 11:39AM

Immigration, Englitch, Cheese Steaks and Baseball


"If you can't tell me what you want, I can't serve you. It's up to you. If you can't read, if you can't say the word cheese, how can I communicate with you - and why should I have to bend? I got a businessRead full post »

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MAY 14, 2010 10:31AM

Original Family Values: Sex, Drugs, Bigotry, Fear, Lies

Advertising reflects popular culture, ideas, prejudices. It also helps define and validate them. The rules are still pretty much the same. Identify a fad or a need, position your product to support it. Then sell it with sex, greed, fear or loathing.

It apparently started in biblical times.

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APRIL 29, 2010 3:54PM

Assisted Life, Assisted Death, If You Knew David

Debate assisted suicide all you want. Make your theoretical arguments, your moral and ethical objections, parse the symantics. Knock yourself out with self-righteous claims about right and wrong. Unless you've been there, god forbid, deep inside the pain and suffering and despair, you really don'tRead full post »