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No seriously, she got vilified for this.
This morning Jill Miller Zimon writes in In Trump do not trust that we should not: [T]rust Donald Trump, unless you want to be disappointed, repeatedly. Not because he lies. Not because he exaggerates. Not because he has evil intent. But because he will always put himself first. In Donald Trump’s case, putting oneself first […]
Via Home Made Modern…
If all you know about Rugby was encompassed in Tom Brown’ School Days, then you might start with The Beginners Guide To Watching Rugby Union.
My family and I sat together in a nursing home room late Wednesday afternoon and watched as my father drew his last breath. My readers know my father from the scores of emails he forward to me that I turned around and published here under the tag From My Dad. His death was not sudden […]
Five-hundred-fifty-five years before my birth, my Welsh ancestors made a final push against the occupiers of their land. Owain Glynd?r, the last real prince of Wales led the rebellion. Glyndŵr was a descendant of the Princes of Powys through his father Gruffydd Fychan II, hereditary Tywysog of Powys Fadog and Lord of Glyndyfrdwy, and of […]
Found on a postcard sent by Cousin John West from Wales: Thou shall: Worship sheep Drink beer Wear three feathers with pride Not slay dragons Love rugby Not be too friendly with the English Keep a welcome in the hillside Learn our Anthem (not just the chorus) Eat and “enjoy” leek soup Congregate and drink […]
Cousin, and shipmate, John West shipped us two Scottish flags this week. The first is the Royal Standard of Scotland. The second (mouse over the above image to view) is the National Flag of Scotland, also known as St. Andrew’s Cross or The Saltire. Thanks to John’s generosity we now have the complete set of […]
I listen to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas when I can and every few weeks I call in to make a comment. I had not planned on making the call yesterday to the show but then that all changed. You can watch (or listen) to the part of the program that grabbed me beginning at timemark […]
The United States Navy is poised to honor gay rights activist and the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk by naming the second ship in the John Lewis class, T-AO 206, the USNS Harvey Milk. According to Sam LaGrone, writing for the U.S. […]
As a young second-class petty officer stationed in San Diego (living in Chula Vista, which borders on Mexico) I went south more than a few times. One trip, riding in the back of Bugsy Boatright’s yellow Toyota pickup, took me to Hunan’s in Ensenada. We were celebrating someone’s birthday and in the course of the […]
I prefer coffee to tea, but the routine is more about the drumbeat of actions and less about the details. Balanchine rose early, before 6:00 a.m., made a pot of tea, and read a little or played a hand of Russian solitaire while he gathered his thoughts. —George Balanchine (1904-1983) page 124. From Daily Rituals: […]
Found in James Campbell’s Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs: celebrating the Beats in Paris. The tile comes from a collaborative poem by the same title by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady which begins: Pull my daisy tip my cup all my doors are open Cut my thoughts for coconuts all my eggs are broken Jack […]
The first pictures from Mary Jo’s trip to Germany with her mother have arrived.
Years ago when I used to hang out at then Caribou coffee shop near Beachwood mall, an acquaintance who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia (but who was not of Arab descent) made a point of wearing a red and white Keffiyeh, or head scarf. People didn’t freak out—and this was post 911—but they were […]
I’m at what most people think of as near the end of my career(s). In the model that applied to my father and grandfather, I suppose that is true, but I don’t think so. In my mind, retirement equals slow (or some cases, not so slow) death. I don’t want to go out that way. […]