Day 3: surviving our new reality

I started writing this on Day 2. New ideas come up and I tweak the post. I realize I work at a school and so bad words are now ****. It’s so very stupid but nothing about this week makes sense to me. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross needs to come back from the grave and give us the five stages of post-election insanity. Recovery must include puppies. Anyhow, here’s what I have today: If you’re a Facebook friend of mine, you know that for me, the hardest part of Tuesday night was being a parent. I felt … [Read more...]

My case for Hillary

Hill yes!

She reminds me of my mom. Joan Egan was described in her senior college yearbook as “Gracious, Gregarious, Grand.” And she was. She was also smart, and unsentimental. I can recall only a handful of times seeing her cry. Her pragmatism was ill suited for messy emotions. Feelings never got in the way of completing the task. And yet she was compassionate. If you were really sick, she’d visit regularly. If you needed a meal, she’d cook you one or pick up ribs at Costco. She was a hospital … [Read more...]

Do not vote for Trump – Reason #25

Hazel may sleep through this election.

Last week, I casually mentioned that I’d try to share with you more of the seventeen-thousand reasons why you should not vote for Donald Trump. What I’d prefer instead is to shift from nonchalant to very serious, since there is much at stake. First, some perspective: In the last election, Mitt Romney was not my candidate. I’m an avowed Democrat and my stance on most issues is liberal and fact-based. But in 2012, if pressed, I would readily admit that Romney was smart, capable, and … [Read more...]

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I don’t know where I get off

It’s catch up time, and I’ve got a few things on my mind: If it were Monday, I’d speak of motherhood.  Have you seen the new Toyota Venza commercial?  It makes fun of the younger set by juxtaposing social media screen time with grown-ups actually out in the world being social.  A friend of mine told a story over the weekend of her husband leading a class of youngsters (in Bible study?) and telling them about the small wonders he and his wife observe on their nightly walks, like watching a mama … [Read more...]

Today’s cup: Libyan ceasefire, nuclear power, “American Idol” and same-sex marriage

From the New York Times: To those who continued to resist, Gaddhafi vowed: “We will find you in your closets. We will have no mercy and no pity.” On the one hand, I’m with Hillary Clinton who stopped just short of calling Libya’s leader batshit crazy. “…if you don’t support the opposition and he stays in power, there’s no telling what he will do,” she said while in Tunisia, indicating that some form of military engagement is necessary beyond the no-fly zone the UN Security Council authorized … [Read more...]