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Deep Breathing

I haven't posted anything for about six weeks, didn't know why, not even working on the final draft of Hudson School, my next novel.  Then the election came roaring down the pike, the delayed results emerged, and suddenly I can breathe again, really breathe, deeply.  I didn't know I had lost---no, misplaced---the ability to open up and take it in. ... Continue Reading

The Rules of Partisan Politics

Regarding the current Supreme Court mess... The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg — like Thurgood Marshall, a civil rights giant, who demanded that the United States live up to its ideals — has created the fourth time in the last six decades that liberals may turn over a seat to conservatives. Aware of this possibility, some legal scholars and writers... Continue Reading

What explains Trump?

Too many people try to explain Trump's actions and motivations rationally, when he has shown us for many years to be primarily if not totally irrational.  The latest is Heather Cox Richardson writing on today's Bill Moyers On Democracy blog (billmoyers.com.) As I wade through the flood of news today, all of it trying to tilt the playing field toward... Continue Reading

What Explains Trump’s “Base?”

As bizarre and lie-filled as the recent Republican Convention was, one would think that it could only do damage to the Cause of Trump.  And yet 35 to 45% of our country remain rabid Trumpists.  Is it simply that they are stupid?  It's certainly not rational what he and they say about  "evil" Democrats.  Is it getting back at Democrats... Continue Reading

Wisdom from Chief Acevedo

Wisdom trumps Wisdumb Please watch this video from Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.  He is wise and straight-forward.  My only kick is that he isn’t tougher on Trump, although he really can’t be in his position.   But we’d be far better off with more like this guy in positions of authority. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/6/2/1949766/-Police-chief-to-Trump-If-you-don-t-have-something-constructive-to-say-keep-your-mouth-shut?detail=emaildkre. Let's be wise in these tough times. ... Continue Reading