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"Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say `nee' at will to old ladies. There is a pestilence upon this land, nothing is sacred. Even those who arrange and design shrubberies are under considerable economic stress at this period in history."

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MAY 27, 2009 4:32PM

“In Treatment” from a psychotherapist’s perspective





I’ve become a huge fan of HBO’s phenomenal series “In Treatment”. There are a few reasons for this. First, it is so well written and craftfully acted---take John Mahoney’s recent performance as the tormented CEO “Walter”. In… Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2009 12:49AM

Amateur Strip Night in Creve Coeur Illinois



I guess that I have a “bucket list”, though it has changed and evolved over time. These days I dream of traveling to Sicily to meet my “people”, of finally getting back stage at a Neil Young concert, of having a one night stand with James Purefoy, and ofRead full post »

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MARCH 21, 2009 9:17PM

Shooting Spree in Oakland - 4 officers and a suspect dead



Violence is not unusual in Oakland, but today's violence is just another grim reminder that when people are desperate or feeling threatened, they will make the most fatal of choices.

 Apparently, 4 police officers were gunned down, and there are conflicting news reports stat… Read full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2009 6:06PM

Joan Walsh versus Dick Armey

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Did anyone out there catch today's Hardball with Chris Matthews?


In the middle of a debate over Obama's stimulus package, Dick Armey began to laugh, blush, and become apoplectic after Joan began to debate… Read full post »

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JANUARY 25, 2009 4:43PM

"Sully" Sullenberger's welcome home in Danville, CA



When the US Airways flight that was piloted by Sully Sullenberger and crew glided onto the Hudson River, it was a day of renewed hope for a country starved for good news. As a nation, we have been psychologically deprived of a sense of competence, and for a feeling that… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 12:56PM

Christmas, Jesus and my Easy Bake Oven


 Christmastime is here again, and I’m beginning to feel that familiar emptiness that tends to haunt me at this time of year.

Both of my parents are gone, and we are a family of grown-ups. My siblings have their own families and rituals to perform. I don’t have anyRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 11:36PM

The Alarm Clock

dadbeer My family moved to a new house when I was 10 years old. The “rumpus” room was downstairs, and the bedrooms, kitchen and living room were on the top floor. My mother never did like this house, but my dad had purchased it on a V.A. loan, and it was… Read full post »