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MY RECENT POSTS
- Friday, November 22, 1963
November 22, 2013 03:55PM
- Rosh Hashanah, Imagine Peace
September 04, 2013 02:16PM
- Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay
June 28, 2013 04:15PM
- Michael Douglas, Between the
June 03, 2013 08:04PM
- Liberace, Behind My Candelabra
May 23, 2013 02:59PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Laughing with you and at
you! What, you never heard of
travel mug? Only you
March 21, 2014 07:48PM
- “The power of synergy,
February 24, 2014 01:22AM
- “What everybody else
said. Except you. I'm not half
February 15, 2014 01:57PM
- “All the "Amazing"
feelings and experiences you
February 14, 2014 02:21PM
- “Peace. I always wish you
peace. Impossible situations
January 02, 2014 01:06PM
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"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!
… Read full post »
Is there an American anywhere who doesn't instantly recognize this scene as "post Thanksgiving dinner coma"? (Karen's, last year)
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/… Read full post »
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
Far too many people in my life have… Read full post »
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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 you… Read full post »
HEISLER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
"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… Read full post »
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 Inquirer… Read full post »
"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… Read full post »
"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?… Read full post »
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… Read full post »
Everyday li… Read full post »
"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 an… Read full post »
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 only… Read full post »
"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… Read full post »
I am now connected to the
Clinton Dynasty by three degrees 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.
… Read full post »
"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."
"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
… Read full post »
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… Read full post »
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 »
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
… Read full post »
"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 »
Fathers and Sons (repost)
Father's Day at my house. As a
child, a nightmare. Then, fortunately, a dream come true. Now a
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/… Read full post »
My father and little me, in the brief before.
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 some… Read 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 the… Read full post »
"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 business… Read full post »