AUGUST 6, 2011 4:07AM

Bachmann Overdrive

After today's U.S. credit worthiness downgrade by S&P (now a rating agency is running the country?), the likely 2012 presidential candidates were out in force. I was particularly struck by an oft repeated, though varied, refrain of Ms. Bachmann, the latest Sarah Palin wannabe:

This President has
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OCTOBER 28, 2010 7:43PM

Killing NPR

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service offer overwhelmingly fine and thoughtful programming. Thus, the idea of slashing the pittance in public funding they receive over the ouster of Juan Williams from NPR should defy logic.

Williams claim… Read full post »

...Well, not THEY. She, actually. The lovely and talented VR. I have been shunning the blogosphere lately—yes, shunning. I got e-fatigue. But then, it happened. Something amazing; the hard work finally paid off (oops, a cliché!), the thing happened. I, yes, me, I, well whatever, I was re… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2009 3:36PM

We, the Voyeurs

As a product of the television generation, I need the box going in the background—the soothing murmur of voices, the flicker of moving images—the constant drone of my childhood. Thus my love for Turner Classic Movies, with its line-up of frequently black and white movies and its lack of c… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 15, 2009 12:57AM

Patron Saints and Made Guys

Today is Valentine’s Day, but Valentine is not the saint of the day, according to the Catholic Church, arbiter of all things saintly. Well, at least not according to Catholic Online, though I’m not sure whether to trust the online versions of religions yet, just like I’m not sure wh/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2009 6:06AM


Tonight I created a banner for my blog here. Nice, huh? It felt like making a commitment, like moving in. Nipping images and photoshopping them into homepage accessories may be the virtual equivalent of decorating a room or engaging in some sort of nesting behavior. I browsed the web for the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2009 4:36AM

Head Trauma

My mother went home last week after visiting for two months. I’m still decompressing, except for the boils—disgusting skin eruptions that I thought resulted from stress but now suspect are MRSA. Peat says I’m obsessing, that I’m a hypochondriac. I’m not. I have “leRead full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2009 4:50AM

Thanks Verbal Remedy!


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Recently on a listserve for writing teachers, a number of people were lamenting their students' insistence on using clichés and worn out expressions. Maybe we just read too many student papers; everything starts sounding trite and one tends to lose compassion for the children who are our futurRead full post »