Sunday, July 20, 2014


He died twelve years ago today.

Sam BW 11-26-03

February 1, 1989 – July 20, 2002

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and miss him. There’s still that worn spot on the bedspread where he slept, and I still make room for him on the bed.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Short Takes

Egypt is trying to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

The U.N. is pulling staff out of Libya in the face of civil struggle.

Citigroup has agreed to a $7 billion fine for their part in the mortgage crisis of 2008.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been returned to active duty.

R.I.P. Nadine Gordimer, Nobel laureate writer from South Africa.

The Tigers are getting ready for the All-Star game tonight.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Short Takes

President Obama to nominate former P&G CEO Bob McDonald as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 is back in the U.S.

European leaders meet to discuss continued fighting in Ukraine.

Crews fighting wildfires in Arizona get relief from the winds.

Tropical Update: We have our first potential disturbance in the Atlantic.

R.I.P. Meshach Taylor, 67, actor on Designing Women.

The Tigers lost to the Astros 6-4.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Short Takes

Droning on in Iraq: Political leaders are looking for someone to replace the current prime minister.

Syria: President Obama requests $500 million for rebels.

SCOTUS: The Court ruled against President Obama’s recess appointments and struck down abortion clinic buffer zones.

Arizona firefighter families sue over deaths.

End of the road for India’s iconic Ambassador automobile.

R.I.P. Howard Baker, 88, former Republican Senator from Tennessee.  Classy guy who couldn’t get nominated in the G.O.P. today.

The Tigers swept the Rangers 6-0 and extend their streak to seven wins.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Short Takes

First of 300 military advisers on the ground in Iraq.

Thad Cochran wins run-off in Mississippi.

No-Fly List process deemed unconstitutional.

Two dead and 10 injured in shooting in Miami.

Verdict in British phone hacking scandal.

Bite me — Italy loses to Uruguay in a strange match.

R.I.P. Eli Wallach, 98, actor on stage and screen for over 60 years.

The Tigers beat the Rangers 8-2.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Short Takes

Iraq: President Obama ruled out sending troops but took nothing off the table.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to U.S. soil.

House delays vote on school meal standards.

Ya, mon — Jamaica to relax some rules on pot smoking.

Tesla to open-source its patent portfolio to encourage electric car development.

R.I.P. Ruby Dee, 91, actor and civil rights activist.

The Tigers beat the White Sox 4-0.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Short Takes

China made sure that no one openly marked the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square.

The Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriage in Oregon to continue by declining to put a hold on the ruling declaring the ban unconstitutional.

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (R) will be in a run-off for his seat against a Tea Partier.

Sprint and T-Mobile agree to merger.

R.I.P. Chester Nez, 93, the last of the Navajo Code Talkers.

The Tigers lost to the Jays 8-2.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Short Takes

In the Ukraine, the acting president gives up hope of controlling the eastern part of the country.

A freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

Elections were held in Iraq.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin asked for an independent investigation into the botched execution.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia misquoted his own words in his dissent on the Clean Air Act ruling.

R.I.P. Bob Hoskins, 71, actor in Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The Tigers beat the White Sox 5-1.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014


My former partner Allen’s mom Celeste died today at her home in Longmont, Colorado.  She’d been in failing health for the last year or so and was under hospice care.

Allen called me as I was driving home to tell me, and then called back a little later and asked me to write her obituary.  I told him I would be honored.

Although Allen and I separated 15 years ago, we have remained friends and I stayed in touch with Celeste, calling her on her birthday and holidays.  She always treated me as one of the family and included me in all the family gatherings, and she and the whole family were there when I graduated with my Ph.D. at the University of Colorado.  She and her late husband Walt made me feel as if I was one of theirs.

I last spoke with her on Sunday when I called to wish her a happy Easter.  As always, she asked about my parents, whom she’d met when she came to Albuquerque for Christmas one year.

In the way of Friends, I hold her in the Light.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014