Monthly Archives: May 2017

Memorial Day (bitter irony edition)

It’s Memorial Day weekend. Heading off to see family and friends in far-flung outposts of the USA? Staying home. Hey, do as you please. It’s still a “free” country. Oh yes, citizens, you are free to do as you please … Continue reading

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Inspired to a Higher Calling

Teachers. You know, possibly one or two of whom we will forever recall, the ones who somewhere along the educational pathway, made a special impression. From kindergarten to graduate school, or whatever level of formal education one completes, most everyone has … Continue reading

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Prevus Malus

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Washington, D.C. There’s a manifestly unfit for duty prevus malus within that building. Why the Latin? Well, it’s a so-called “dead language” as in virtually nobody speaks it–at least very fluently. Or understands it, other than its … Continue reading

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A Confederacy of Dunces (kudos to John Kennedy Toole)

John Kennedy Toole wrote the now cult-classic novel, A Confederacy of Dunces in the early 1960s; it concerns one Ignatius J. Reilly as a sort of modern-day Don Quixote. It’s a great read full of colorful characters, with laugh-out-loud episodes woven throughout its 400 page narrative. Toole won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981. Unfortunately, JKT […]

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Murder, Incorporated

Hey, guys and gals, kid and kiddies! How’s your day going? Is life a slice of Norman Rockwell, all-American, cozy, comfy, loving togetherness in that well maintained ranch house somewhere in suburbia, with its white picket fence, some tulips in bloom … Continue reading

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An Epitaph for the Flowers of May

May 4, 1970. Kent State. Four students shot dead by Ohio National Guard soldiers during a campus demonstration protesting the Vietnam War. That, not even two years removed from the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. No one was … Continue reading

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