Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Today, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were remembered in a memorial service. Carrie’s bipolar disease and her addictions put her on a scary rollercoaster. Her mother rode along to protect her Best Beloved Baby Girl. Their Hollywood tinsel and talent caught our eye, but I regard Carrie as an EveryChild (“Messy”) with addictions and mental illness. Debbie Reynolds is every … Read More

Of Flying Pigs and Pixie Dust

When I was five, I believed I could fly. I watched “Peter Pan” and I believed. Truly. After all,  I’d saved TinkerBell any number of times with my heroic clapping. “Tink”was real … to me, anyway. I gathered pixie dust out of my pockets (AKA “pocket lint”) and sprinkled it on to my fair-haired head. I climbed atop my dad’s … Read More

Big Bird Stays …

Big Bird Stays. That’s non-negotiable. Why? Big Bird is great; he’s an international symbol of American culture. He’s both  kind and humble; he personifies all that is best about us. Sesame Street has added something to every viewer’s life. I, for one, loved watching it when my daughter was small. The curriculum was for children, but the humor spanned generations. … Read More

The Elephant in the (Hospital) Room: Part One

As we wrangle over how to pay for health care, we have an elephant in the (hospital) room. A YUGE elephant: America’s Health Insurance Companies. Actually, the elephant lumbers, at will, through the entire system … or non-sytem really. You and I may get care by different means. When the auto industry (that actually made something) needed propping up, it … Read More

Too Many Choices …

I used to think that 12 choices of milk in the dairy case were too many. HAH! That was nothing! Try shopping for LUGGAGE. Even if you know what you want (and I thought I did), the choices are dizzying. Never mind that I started at a department store and tried out a set I liked. Forget that I had a … Read More

Is Anyone is Charge?

Everyone agrees a President should have his own administration. But Trump’s bumbled firing of the 46 US Attorneys makes us look bad. World leaders already are rattled by Trump. More missteps are intolerable. POTUS looks like incompetent administrator … at best. (At worst, he’s unethical or criminal. if Justice was investigating something potentially tied to the President, the firing is … Read More

Fried Electronic Brains

Life fries our nerves. Quirky people get quirkier; so do electronics. What was once wired, is now weird. Our whole house is driving me bonkers. Like Crazy Uncle Donnie who can’t find his marbles after dark, our home is doing weird sh*t in the middle of the night. Forget early-morning Twitter rants, we freak out at 2:32 a.m. over BEEPS, … Read More

What Would George Do?

George Washington was born 285 years ago today. He was the guy who “couldn’t tell a lie.” I wonder what he would make of our 45th President. I didn’t vote for Trump, but I wanted him to succeed. IMHO, he’s losing the American people. And that is lethal to a Presidency. Want some omens? Kellyanne Conway will no longer be … Read More

Watergate in 98 Words

Some guys, minor Republican political jerks, broke into the  Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington DC in 1973 … into a filing cabinet. That was all. Tame, huh? Republican President Richard Nixon was hounded out of office for lying about the break-in. (Presidents can get away with almost anything in office, but they can never lie about … Read More

Valentine Thrills

Some of the best Valentine thrills don’t come from traditional romance. Sure, sure, romance is nice, but everyday joy is available to all, no matter what the day. I was single for a big chunk of my life. Many a Valentine’s Day, I thought longingly about flowers sent to my job. I wasn’t cheesy enough to send them to myself. … Read More