Who I am…
I am a lawyer, former mother of teenagers, and a quixotic seeker after and champion of factual truth.
I make the best damn brownies you have ever had that are not regulated by the federal government.
I love movies, Broadway, and intelligent conversation.
I think in song lyrics and movie and television quotes.
I believe in the use of proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar even in text messages. I am willing to debate the use of the Oxford comma, if you know what the Oxford comma is. It also makes me very happy if people use the subjunctive mood when appropriate.
I have been told I intimidate people. I am really just a fluffy-centered teddy bear. Really.
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Words to live by ….
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
“Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living.” Mary Harris (“Mother Jones”).
“Don’t boo. Vote.” Barack Obama.
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr.
“No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.” Sir Terry Pratchett.
“Damning facts are still facts.” Steven C. Holtzman.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re tested, they’re not values — they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart.
“Darkness never sustains, even though it sometimes seems it will.” Doctor Who.
“Writing is a form of mischief.” Stephen Sondheim.
“An idea is not responsible for the people who believe it.” Don Marquis.
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Joseph Campbell.
“Truth is our strongest ally, our biggest weapon, and our best defense.” Me.
“Reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Stephen Colbert.
“The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.” Jonathan Larson.
“We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall, and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love;
Cannot be killed or swept aside.”
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Emma Goldman.
“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett.
“I believe that the God who made (among other things) light, and space, and number, and time, and the spiral curve of Fibonacci numbers, must be acknowledged to understand more than I do about why there’s pain in the world.” Teresa Neilsen Hayden.
“No, it’s not fair. You’re in the wrong universe for fair.” John Scalzi.
“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.” Lawrence O’Donnell
“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 kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” Molly Ivins.
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Category Archives: The World
[Day three of writing goal for the week. When you have nothing else to talk about, you can talk about the weather.] It’s been raining for days here in Northern California. The sun is out now — the sky is … Continue reading
Losing the world.
Happy day after Earth Day, 2021. The earth has been slapping us around the past year: drought, hurricanes, blizzards, pandemic. Every time you turn around you see yet another natural disaster barreling down on a usually unprepared populace. That doesn’t … Continue reading
Dear commentator on msnbc…
I don’t blame Donald Trump for what happened in Hawaii. It’s clearly the fault of some government official in Hawaii. (And Hawaii? One person hitting a wrong button could instigate mass panic? Without review by a higher-up? Seriously? What is … Continue reading
Watching the crazies.
The Not-So-Little Drummer Boy was a cool kid who grew up into a neat adult. He has moved out of New York and now teaches English to kindergartners, which he enjoys, and he has a girlfriend who I have not … Continue reading
It’s been thirty years today since Challenger. I don’t know what to say that I have not said before, but it seems important to me to mark this anniversary again. So, once again, I salute the brave men and women … Continue reading
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
Cities of the heart.
The Hotel de Nice sits at 42 Bis, Rue d’ Rivoli, in Paris’s 4th Arrondissement. It’s a fashionable part of town, from what I’ve read; I just liked that it was easy to get to Notre Dame and the Musee d’ … Continue reading
Space tragedy week.
I did not have a chance yesterday to write a new post for the Challenger disaster anniversary. Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, and February 1 is Columbia. I thought I would link to some of the … Continue reading
Dick Cheney’s unpatriotic utilitarianism.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart. The word torture is once again in the air and permeating the airwaves and the national consciousness. The release of the Senate Intelligence … Continue reading
Some things to think about. (More links.)
Senior NSA official claims that we live a police state. Blackmail as part of the NSA’s playbook. I thought that went away when J. Edgar Hoover died, but then I have always been naive. Tom Engelhardt’s Requiem for America. Engelhardt’s saying … Continue reading
Given that in previous years the media has used up the words “Snowmaggedon” and “Snowpocalypse” to describe epic winter storms, they need to come up with new ones for the most recent slamming the East Coast. The Red-Headed Menace suggested … Continue reading
Another entry into the “what has our government turned into” category. It doesn’t revolve around law enforcement or terrorism, even though both of those are bad enough. No, this is an appointment to a position of power by a person … Continue reading
Fifty years on.
I was two years old when Kennedy was shot. I don’t have memories of where I was and what I was doing, the way I do of Challenger exploding or the planes hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11. I … Continue reading