Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Short Takes

Secretary of State Kerry takes over for President Obama at Asian summit.

Shutdown leaves states stretched.

Winter weather and tornadoes hit the Midwest.

R.I.P. General Vo Nguyen Giap, 102, who led Tet offensive in Vietnam.

Tropical Update: TS Karen is headed for the Gulf Coast.

The Tigers took Game 1 of their playoff series against the A’s 3-2.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tropical Update – Vacation Version

12 Beach and Ocean

I had a nice visit with my friends Trish and Christopher (and Kayla, too, the furry four-legged greeter) at their place in Key Largo.  We relaxed, watched a movie or two (I’d never seen The Prince of Tides) and grilled up some burgers.  All in all a great time to unwind.

I came back early this morning in order to get ready for other stuff that needs to get done while I have the time and in order to go shopping for tonight’s Seder at the Shapiros along with friends and family.  There is something about honoring a faith tradition in the home and in a way that includes people from other faiths and practices that makes the celebration more than a commemoration of history and belief.

I’m also getting well into the writing mode.  My as-yet unfinished and untitled opus (not Bobby Cramer) is going along well enough that I’m taking little sections to the writer’s group that I recently joined.  And I’m also in the drafting stage of my paper for the William Inge Theatre Festival’s scholars conference.  It’s amazing that I have any time to go to work.

Anyway, I’ll be checking in a little later and watching with anticipation the run-up to the Supreme Court hearings tomorrow and Wednesday on Prop 8 and DOMA.  Here’s hoping.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vatican Fashion

Here’s what the newest pope emeritus will be wearing this spring:

Gone will be the red “Prada” loafers, replaced by brown shoes made in Leon, Mexico.

A pair was given to the Pope on a recent trip there. After Thursday, the Pope’s “fisherman’s ring” will also be destroyed.

You know how hard it is to coordinate your accessories.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tagged Out

Via TPM:

Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said on Monday that he has decided against a run for Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate seat in Massachusetts.


“I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the US Senate. I love my home state and admit it would be an honor to represent the citizens of our great Commonwealth. However, I am currently committed to my business and to spending as much time as I can with my wife and children. The timing is not right for me, but I am hopeful that the people of Massachusetts will select someone of great integrity, vision, and compassion as our next US Senator.”

I guess the trees weren’t the right height this time.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Short Takes

Syria is firing Scud missiles at rebels.

Eurocrisis: Let’s see some unity here.

Poll: Make a fiscal cliff deal already.

Fugitive John McAfee arrived in Miami.

A rock concert was held to raise money for Sandy victims.

Circumcision will remain legal in Germany.

TV commercials get quieter starting today.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

As If We Cared

From today’s Washington Post:

By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

To quote the immortal Hawkeye Pierce: “The instrument has yet to be invented that can measure my indifference to that remark.”