Olympic Reflections

I am a sucker for the Olympics.  I just love watching world class folks doing their best.  Could be athletes, bakers, chefs, or carpenters.  I just adore watching the best at their craft.  Now, this Olympiad is over and behind us.  Time for some reflections. What I can always do without is the criticism the … Continue reading Olympic Reflections

Endgame Afghanistan

In 2001, President George Bush declared a war on terrorism and the United States of America invaded Afghanistan.  Twenty years later, in accordance with a deal negotiated by President Donald Trump under his “America First” strategy, the United States is leaving Afghanistan after 2,372 American soldiers have died, another 20,320 American soldiers were injured and … Continue reading Endgame Afghanistan

Recommended Summer Escape Reading

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo If you have not yet read Everybody’s Fool and have also not yet read Nobody’s Fool, then start with the latter and work your way up.  Having watched the movie is not sufficient (though, in my humble opinion, the movie does justice to the book).  And, also, if you have … Continue reading Recommended Summer Escape Reading

Whip My Hair (A Pandemic Response)

You know that graphically enhanced picture of me that greets you when you link to my blog?  Well, I do not look like that anymore. You see, due to several constraints (we have an immune-compromised member of the family, I have a history of upper respiratory infections that are not mild, our children are thankfully … Continue reading Whip My Hair (A Pandemic Response)

The Worst Thing About Growing Older

The worst thing about growing older is not the loss of physical capabilities, though that is a pain in the ass, and the knees, shoulders, and ankles.  Though bothersome, the increasing numbers of food items that cause raging indigestion are not the worst thing about growing older either.  Neither is diminishing eyesight, hearing, tolerance for … Continue reading The Worst Thing About Growing Older

Fun With Math: Our Obsession With the Rich

By now you have probably read, skimmed, or at least seen the headlines about ProPublica’s ProPublica’s huge expose regarding how the wealthiest Americans are not paying their fair share of income tax. (see: The Secret IRS Files: Trove of never-before-seen records reveal how wealthiest avoid income tax.) I am going to argue that, while ProPublica’s … Continue reading Fun With Math: Our Obsession With the Rich

Letter To The Editor

A bit of background. Our small Village, following the Governor's actions, established a mask mandate for indoor activity at commercial and public indoor areas in the village. Two businesses, owned by the same family, decided to post "please remove your mask" signs in the entrances to their establishments and actively derided the Governor's and Village … Continue reading Letter To The Editor