As a follow up to my rant entitled “Thankfulness,” in which I say goodbye to 2020 with a kick in its ass and no remorse, I thought I would take a somewhat more introspective look at the impact 2020 had on me. As you may or may not know, I am an inveterate and voracious … Continue reading Take Me Away From Here
The following letter is going in the mail tomorrow to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). The letter has already been emailed to his office. December 1, 2020 Senator Rob Portman448 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Portman: I am writing you (again), but this time I am writing because I believe you have the … Continue reading Dear Senator Portman
I know. You are expecting some long-winded rant about the fragility of Donald Trump’s ego, his narcissistic genetic incapability of grasping the possibility that he lost this election, his Republican enablers and the Republicans abandoning the right to claim any redeeming values, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Nope. Now I admit that it will not … Continue reading Thankful
Enough of the histrionics, already. We all knew their word was bullshit. We know they make it up as they go, and we know that they do not give even one shit about policy, values, or previous positions. What they care about is winning. And they are winning. I am, of course, talking about the … Continue reading Let’s Play
The Republican convention easily ignored the near murder of Jacob Blake of Kenosha, Wisconsin by a Kenosha policeman. Blake was shot in the back seven times while getting into his car where his children were seated. Equally absent was any mention of the murder of 2 protestors and the non-fatal shooting of another by a … Continue reading Minority Report
Fifty years ago, on this day, my big sister Sue Ann boarded Lansa flight 502 from Cuzco, Peru to Lima, along with 48 other American International Fellowship high school exchange students, on their return from visiting Macchu Picchu. Shortly after takeoff, the plane’s #3 engine failed and caught on fire. According to the official incident … Continue reading August 9, 1970
Dear kids: Well, I never thought I would be 75 years old. In my mind’s eye I am still a young man and you all are still small children. Clearly, nothing could be farther from the truth. So much has changed in my lifetime and I have had the opportunity to see a lot of … Continue reading Letter from 2030
A bit of a history lesson before we get to the topic at hand. Some thousands of years ago (roughly 13 century BCE) a powerful empire held a minority population in slavery for some 400 years. The slaves were abused and disregarded and forced into labor. According to the legend, God heard the cry of … Continue reading Not So Fast
Yes, the pandemic is exhausting. Politics is exhausting. Violence is exhausting. People are exhausting. Being only months away from official curmudgeon-dum, I have found a lot with which I am tired of dealing. Here is a partial list of what is making me tired: People who categorically refuse to use their turn signal. People who … Continue reading Wow, Am I Tired.
This is not a rant. This is first a conversation (I’m having) with myself, then perhaps a conversation with you, and with luck, a conversation you have with those you care about. I am worried. I am worried that there is going to be semi-permanent damage done to our way of life by the COVID-19 … Continue reading At The Brink?