Help me understand this

So Trump wants to ban all Muslims based on the fact that some are terrorists. And we should call them all Muslim extremists because that’s their religion. So if we hold true to this logic, shouldn’t we also ban all white male Christians? I mean, they are the ones who have carried out the majority of terrorist attacks in America whether it be in a church, movie theater, school, university or workplace.

So from now on, I expect to hear Trump call them all Christian male extremists and demand that they all be deported. Continue reading →

Columns 2016, pictures

There is always the Fair

joesnake gretajoeIn 1992, Queen Elizabeth II gave a speech in which she referred to the previous year as her “Annus Horribillis”, her horrible year. As Halloween decorations take over store displays that had once promoted grills, and yellow leaves cover our carefully tended green lawns, Americans have a right to look back on this past summer and think of it as our very own “atrox aestas”, horrible summer.

theyoungprinceFor those of you not familiar with Latin, let me apologize for using it so indiscriminately; but I had 16 years of Catholic schooling and many of those years involved learning Latin. It’s Continue reading →


I pay the bills… my legs should have room in my bed

I have dogs sleeping on either side of me since sharing the same side of the bed is not something they willingly do. I move my legs to get more comfortable and accidentally nudge one of the dogs. He gets up, heaves a sigh, stands for a moment smacking his lips, then turns around about three times and flops right back down where he was. And my legs still don’t have enough room. It seems to me that if I pay the bills, I should get at least enough leg room to stretch out my legs in bed, right?  Well, Continue reading →


Awkward conversations

Awkward conversation number one:

Said to a friend while at dinner. “So I’ve always wondered if your father ever actually sat you down and spoke to you about the fact that he was gay or did he just let the knowledge happen?”

Said by friend’s husband: “Well, now you have confirmation.”

Oops. Continue reading →


Trump’s latest rant

After listening to Trump’s speech post his Mexico visit, I have to say I want to do nothing more than hide under my bed in fear of life and limb.  I don’t know about you but I don’t live in the America he described. I mean, where in the hell does this man get this crap from? Continue reading →

Columns 2016

Spewing hate is not American

My cousins Joe and Mary have three children. The oldest boy is married to an ethnic Chinese woman from Vietnam. The middle son is married to a Pennsylvania farmer’s daughter. The youngest, a girl, is married to an African-American. This is coming to you from a family that, just two generations ago, thought when my Uncle Albert (Italian) married Aunt Jean (Polish), the world was spinning slightly off its axis.

When I read about the interracial couple who were stabbed because they kissed in public and some racist thought that was just too much to ask him to bear, my Continue reading →