Stories From A Life

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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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"When a man is in trouble or in a good fight, you want to have your friends around, preferably armed." Tom DeLay

Attention: Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has finally been convicted for money laundering and conspiracy to violate election laws. He has been sentenced t
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palin gun

 "You've shot a gun... and liked it." Quiz: How Evil Are You?

It's been said that evil is a matter of perspective. It's not. There are some moral absolutes that should apply to us all. And, dang it, especially to folks who publicly preach or self-righteously portray… Read full post »

"My mommy's Jewish and my daddy's Christmas." Amy, at age 6

Despite a lot of recent evidence to the contrary, most of us are more alike than we are different. To all who keep trying to fire up our disagreements, especially around Hanukkah and Christmas, I say, Yo! Light Em Up!
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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 16, 2010 3:25PM

Suicide Is Not Painless, Or Chic

Is it just me or is suicide the new black? Kids --bullied, gay, depressed, on drugs-- are doing it. Celebrities are setting records. As are their children. You can't open a local paper or watch TV news without getting a suicide story.

Far too many people in my life have
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"You always hear all these statements like freedom isn't free. You hear the president talking about all these people making sacrifices. But you never really know until you carry one of them in the casket. When you feel their body weight. When youRead full post »

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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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election 2010
My polling place. Empty.

"Showing the polarized nature of the electorate, both Sestak [D] and Toomey [R] enjoyed 90 percent or better support from members of their own parties, but Toomey came out ahead among independents: 54 percent to 46 percent, according to the exit polls." Phila InquirerRead full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2010 6:16PM

Trick or Treat for Breasts and Boobs

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"Women agonize over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's breast." Martha Weinman Lear

I will leave it to other Bloggers to discuss the mid-terms for the moment. It's Halloween. Which means October --Breast Cancer Awareness Month-- is almost over. And I have a
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"A vacation is like love - anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort and remembered with nostalgia." Anonymous

Nostalgia? Ha! Have you ever been so scared you couldn't breathe? Experienced panic so intense you had actual physical reactions, maybe even needed medical attention?
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My nephew Ken turns 26 today. In honor of this auspicious milestone, defined by medical science as the age the human brain fully matures, I'm sharing my favorite Kenny story. It could totally debunk such a flawed premise.

In the process I hope to fulfil my special family obligation
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SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 4:09PM

Yom Kippur, It's A Beautiful World

We all have problems. We suffer and sometimes lash out and soldier on best we can. We've all lost someone. Grief adds even more, does strange things to your mind. It brings guilt.  Regret. Disappointment. Pain. Anger. Despair. No surprise, a typical package deal of emotions.

Everyday liRead full post »

hands up

"I had always hoped my stellar vocals, captivating writing or general intoxicating personality would win me my 15 minutes, but alas, life doesn't always come as we planned."
Karen Fern Anderson
5.20.1962 - 8.27.2010

Those taken by war or terrorism garner public attention, but loss is loss to anRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 6:37PM

L'Shana Tova, Imagine Peace

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Rosh Hashana commemorates the 6th day of Creation -- the day God created man. That one day, Adam and Eve were created, sinned, and were judged. While Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah as the New Year, we do it solemnly, because it marks not onlyRead full post »

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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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I meant to tell you this on my sister's birthday. So I'm a week late, sue me.

"Man plans and God laughs." Beverly Sills

"What??" my sister Betsy

In every society, there are people who stand out as "characters." Some world-renowned, some famous, even infamous, in smaller circles. Many are
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The world lost a good man today. By all accounts a kind, funny, decent, hard-working, honest, honorable man. A woman lost her husband. A boy lost his father. A troll lost an ape. Friends and family lost a loved one. 

It's so totally unfair. Random. Unfathomable. Finite.Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2010 11:58PM

My America

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My July 4th Avatar since the very first avatars.

"What American Means Today" is a broad concept. That's fair, it's the 21st Century after all. While I can do Grand Themes, I've chosen to take a more intimate approach. My America. 

My America is about personal life, liberty and freedom
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"For most of my working life, I was the youngest person doing whatever I was doing, then one day I woke up and I was the oldest person in the room." Bill Clinton

The Phillies' Jamie Moyer knows what Bill Clinton's talking about.Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2010 1:00PM

Good Fathers

 Fathers and Sons (repost)


Father's Day at my house. As a child, a nightmare. Then, fortunately, a dream come true. Now a beautiful reality.

Although he died well over 40 years ago (wow, almost 50 years), I'm still unable to write about--or even discuss--my biological father. My/
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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 »

For all of us, boys and girls and any mixture thereof, a little birthday something.



A group of 30 year old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally they agreed on the Ocean View restaurant because it had a great bar and theRead full post »