It always feels good

I voted yesterday. I walked into a public building, entered a private booth and cast my ballot. No one watched me. No one had the right to know how I voted. No one harassed or intimidated me as I went to vote. And no one would rain political repercussions down on me for the way I voted.

And that, folks, is what makes America so great and the Orange Man so frightening. He would take it all away.

And BTW, quick civics lesson… thank you Salesian nuns for teaching us these valuable lessons in being American… each state runs each Continue reading →


How pathetic is this?

You know you’re about to lose big when this paragraph appears in a story about you.

“If you’re scoring at home, Trump still trails Clinton by quite a bit in terms of newspaper endorsements. Clinton has over 80, while the Review-Journal is Trump’s fourth — fifth if you count the National Enquirer.”

Seriously, when you have to count the National Enquirer as one of your endorsements in order to get to five, you should probably just pack up and go home. Continue reading →


On the wings of an eagle


We had an eagle release from  Bird TLC,  the wild bird rehab center where I volunteer. The vet who started the program is Native American and he said that his tribe believes the souls of the departed are brought to heaven on the wings of an eagle. Given Abdul’s chewed up flight feathers, I figured he could use a lift. So I sent him to heaven on the eagle’s wings.

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Columns 2016

Hoisted on his own petard

There’s an old phrase – hoisted on your own petard – which I can remember my mother quoting in my childhood every time I did something she warned me not to do and it went bad.

The quote comes from Shakespeare and, since mom was briefly an English teacher, she loved those quotes. For sure it was not something often said by any other members of our extended family. They usually used Italian phrases when yelling at us and then refused to translate what they’d just said. Didn’t matter though. We knew from the tone just how much trouble we Continue reading →


For all my bird crazed friends

This is a site with a fascinating article about Swainson’s Thrush and genetics and migration. Not a long read but very interesting. And certainly nicer to read than the front page of any given newspaper on any given day until this hideous election cycle has ended. Continue reading →


Michelle Obama should NOT run for president

This woman has too much class, intelligence and common sense to be wasted in the joke that has become our election system. She needs to stay above the fray and continue speaking truth to power. She needs to continue to act as our moral compass in a world where pastors live in palaces and presidential nominees are admitted sexual abusers.

I want Michelle Obama speaking for me for as long as she can and I’m still around. This woman is too good to waste in politics. Continue reading →