Monthly Archives: December 2015

Twelve.

Tamir Rice was twelve. Twelve. He was playing with a pellet gun. My kids have played with toy guns: not pellet guns, but water pistols and Nerf guns. They are  brightly colored, but at least a few of them are shaped like … Continue reading

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What do words mean? I’m not sure I know anymore. Paul Ryan stated on Meet the Press (12/13/2015) that President Obama was a “polarizing President.” Polarizing? The man who threw away the advantage of having a Democratic Congress to work … Continue reading

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But of course.

Most years, several members of our family ask for impossible things on their Christmas list. One year, Railfan asked for a girlfriend and some C4. (We told him no, we weren’t going to get him the C4 since we were … Continue reading

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Loss.

A friend of mine on Facebook said “Christmas should be a time to look at the world with wonder and excitement.” He’s right, of course, but this year that seems difficult. I partly feel alarmed at the state of the … Continue reading

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Echo chambers.

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Walt Kelly, Pogo. My siblings and I rarely talk about politics. We like each other, and we want to enjoy each other’s company, and we don’t see each other often enough to … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett was right.

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even … Continue reading

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Usually, I listen to a variety of artists. Not for me the album — I’m more a Pandora-type person, except that would cede too much control to some computer that I don’t even know where it is. No, I’m the person … Continue reading

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The Voice Finale.

By the time I write this, The Voice finale will have begun. Being in PST, I won’t see it for another three hours. Part of me thinks they should just give it to Jordan Smith based on his performance last … Continue reading

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I can hardly wait. That was sarcasm, folks.

The Republican candidates for president take the stage in Las Vegas this evening to tell all the world how horrible they are. Okay, so some of them seem merely bad, such as Jeb Bush. One or two I would find … Continue reading

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There are law blogs and then there are law blogs.

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Wow.

For those who don’t watch The Voice, you really need to see contestant Jordan Smith’s cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love.” What intrigues me is that Smith looks nothing like Freddie Mercury, but somehow captures the attitude. It’s almost like he … Continue reading

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We’ll see how this goes.

I have decided to rewrite my NaNoWriMo project. (If nothing else, this gives me a plausible reason to hang out in Starbucks, like I did during November.) I think the scenario I have laid out raises some interesting questions* that … Continue reading

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The golden leaves drift from the ginkgo tree in the median of the street outside the window. The sky is a shade lighter than its normal cornflower blue, streaked with wisps of clouds in the south shading to blankets in … Continue reading

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Movie Tally.

It’s time for the fall/winter movie tally. Since October, I have seen: Three movies set at least partly in Massachusetts: Black Mass, Spotlight, and  In the Heart of the Sea. Two movies about communism: Bridge of Spies and  Trumbo. One movie … Continue reading

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Dear World.

Dear World, Donald Trump does not speak for me. He does not speak for my family, he does not speak for my friends.  He speaks for a subset of one political party’s base. That the number of people supporting him … Continue reading

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