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Sons and Cars

There are many days when I do not understand my youngest son — as, I’m sure, there are many days when he doesn’t understand me. (Well, I don’t know — he understands everything, so he may be ahead in the co-understanding race.) But, over the past few days, I’ve been a Svengali when it comes […]

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Do YOU Know All the People on the Cover of Sgt. Pepper’s?

This year is the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” AND more importantly, the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” You may or may not think the album is all that (I think it was a seminal album that changed the direction of pop music — YMMV), but you certainly get a […]

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On This Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, the very first words we should say are “Thank you.” For all veterans, of all times, who wore the uniform; who pledged to serve their country, even to the ultimate sacrifice; who set aside home, and job, and school, who put plans on hold and goals on the shelf in order […]

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This Morning’s Cheers and Jeers Entry

I don’t really understand why, but I’m still really sad about Molly Ivins’ death. I didn’t know her personally — but it seemed like I did, because every time I read one of her columns she just became more and more a friend. I could almost see her eyes as she was writing: a glint […]

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Another Molly Quote — A Keeper

Not that they weren’t all keepers, but … you know what I mean. So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through […]

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Have a Very Merry, Horribly Conflicted Christmas

(Cross-posted at DailyKos and at Street Prophets) I have always loved Christmas: the decorations, the special services at church, the parties, the time off. When I was young, the gifts were part of the attraction, but over time getting gifts has become much less important than giving them. One of the main things I’ve loved […]

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Ray Charles Truth for NO

(cross-posted from dKos, from a reply down the page) as I stated on another blog, I heard this song by Ray Charles and Gladys Knight on WMNF radio. After the song, the commentator stated,”We will not forget and we will not forgive! It was not the SLOW response, but the NO response!”   Heaven help […]

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Courage to Write, Courage to Speak

I’ve been re-reading an important book in my life, The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes. The basic premise, of course, is that fear in all its infinite variety is part and parcel of writing, and that the act of writing is itself an act of courage. The corollary to this is that most writers […]

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A Paean to Small Joys

Let us sing the praises of small joys, of everyday joys, of the little blessings so often missed and ignored: — Of independent coffeehouses, in old buildings with wooden floors, with classical music playing on the CD player and young people with dreadlocks behind the counter. — Of independent bookstores right next door, full to […]