Browsing All posts tagged under »war«

Listen Carefully

August 1, 2014

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Here’s a thing I’ve noticed. It has to do with accents, but the theory can be applied to a lot of other things, as well: The farther away we are from a place, the more everything seems to look and sound the same. I’ll give you an example, because so far you have no idea what […]

Speaking of May 25th

May 25, 2014

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The twenty-fifth of May is meaningful, because a lot of memorable things in history took place on that date. There’s nothing unusual about that, of course. Important situations can develop quickly, and without warning. This fact is well-documented on many television stations, which provide a continual stream of breaking news, even if that news is […]

People Everywhere

July 5, 2013

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I peer out the window on a sunny July afternoon, scanning right and left, and covering the full semicircle within view. All is quiet, and still. The scene is unsettling, like a dream that’s disturbing for a reason you can’t quite identify. Two bicycles lie on their sides in the driveway next door. A basketball […]

When I’m in Charge (Part 2): Infomercials, Dictators, CEOs, and Other Bloodsuckers

May 17, 2011

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I hesitate to tamper with an already-fragile economy, but let’s face it: We have enough gadgets that chop vegetables. A new one appears about every six months, and the infomercials always make it sound as though we’ve all been subsisting on potato chips and jelly beans because no one can manage to cut up a […]

Role Models (Part 2)

March 20, 2011

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I used to tie a bath towel around my neck and pretend to be Superman. I would climb onto the kitchen table and jump, then run around on the floor with outstretched arms, flying off to save the world. We didn’t have a movie camera, so I’m left with only dim memories of how ridiculous […]

Honoring the Veterans of Life

November 10, 2010

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In a recent post, shoreacres wrote about her father and the long-ago influence he had on her views about rights, responsibilities, and what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society. Her wonderful essay got me thinking, again, about my own father. For many years, I had been unfair in my memories of […]

Send This To Everyone You Care About!

September 29, 2010

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    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror… — Franklin Roosevelt, 1933 I am not one of the conspiracy theorists, but I am in almost constant contact with them. I get several emails a week from family and friends telling me that I should take my […]

What Is It Good For?

June 30, 2010

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I have never been to war. I don’t know how to write about it, other than to say I hope my son never goes. My thoughts and feelings are simplistic in most areas, and especially so when it comes to this topic. I can’t get much past the level of a young child who asks […]

Dandelion Update: The War Is Over!

May 28, 2010

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I am announcing a voluntary cease-fire, followed by my surrender to the dandelions that have now overrun and completely taken over our lawn. We’re still working out the details of the agreement, but I have consented to stop the futile pulling of random weeds, as well as the application of pathetically expensive and ineffective lawn […]