Thursday November 27, 2014
April 17th, 2014
The line between determination and delusion can be obscure. Sometimes, the distinction emerges only in retrospect, like a Polaroid image slowly appearing. In other instances, the difference between productive grit and self-defeating obsession is an artifact of chance, like the lucky bounce of a tennis ball at match point.
Let's talk about something cheerful. I nominate the apocalypse.
You may not have noticed, but we survived an end-of-the-world moment again this week when a lunar eclipse made the moon look sort of reddish. This is known as a Blood Moon, and, in certain circles, it was seen as the Start of Something Big.
The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.
The party's hope deficit helps explain why there's a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word "love" in a paragraph about illegal immigrants.
A big-selling book, "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet," helps cat lovers understand what is going on in the hearts and brains of their kitties. Sadly, not nearly so much as they thought and hoped.
I'm pretty sure what my former cat was thinking: "What's the least I can possibly do and still get her to feed me liver patties and otherwise leave me alone?" I'm not far off, author John Bradshaw seems to confirm.
As of mid-March, the nation’s rate of uninsured had declined to 15.9 percent from 17.1 percent in December.
We can’t know exactly where the rate stands now, but it’s lower. And, well, the nation’s Republican leaders will not have that.
They will do everything they can — and credit them for having done everything they could — to get us back to the good old 17.1 percent days.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has released his proposed budget for this nation which doesn't seem to share the same world I live in. Worse yet, it doesn't seem to practice the values found in the religion that his party so loudly proclaims.
When something awful happens, it is easier not to stare directly at it. Instead, we focus on the things around the edges. What did the neighbors hear? How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
And these days, those edges include What Happened On Social Media afterward. What did they tweet? What did they Instagram? Who was the first to say the Awful, Snarky Thing? What were the relevant status updates?
Those pieces are almost but not quite the story, but they are easier to talk about.
At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, an inscription reads: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."
It eloquently reflects the fact that few ordinary Americans - and probably not many members of Congress - could have found Korea on a map as of June 25, 1950, when Kim Il Sung's forces crossed the 38th parallel, bent on conquest with the support of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
In his speech Thursday commemorating the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, President Barack Obama talked about the enduring power of one of President Lyndon Johnson's signature accomplishments.