OEsheepdog's Blog

And you thought you were having a bad hair day!


From the Forest to the Shore, Connecticut, USA
March 12
Director of Change
An unnamed non-profit health care provider
Change is good...that's what I keep telling my colleagues. It's difficult and hard. It's challenging and rewarding. It's fraught with peril. It needs to be done...yesterday!


OEsheepdog's Links


In 2008 when I lived in Massachusetts, there was a binding citizens' referendum question calling for the elimination of the Massachusetts State Income Tax. Even though I was a registered Democrat, the careerist politicians in Massachusetts state government always seemed to me to be a bunch… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2011 1:25PM

Summer Job

The intense heat and humidity early this week in New York brings back memories of my first summer job in 1971. Getting working papers, which allowed you to find a job, is almost as difficult as finding the job itself.

After several weeks of walking into storefronts with "help wanted"Read full post »

You might think I've stripped my gears and or slipped off my trolley. But I am here to defend Michele Bachmann. But only in the instance of her migraine headaches.

The latest media feeding frenzy over her recurring headaches is ridiculous and over the top. Chronic headache sufferers are viewed by… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2011 12:45PM

So much outrage, so little time

Since Casey Anthony was acquitted last week, many OS readers were outraged she "got away with murder". Now that she is free, people will devote hours of their time searching for her, as the FBI  spent time time looking for James "Whitey" Bulger for the last 18 years.

Casey was acquitted… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2011 7:52AM

Apocalypse Now?

Who would of thought the decline and fall of the United States and the Rupert Murdoch empire would happen in the same news cycle? Which would be the bigger story? Probably the Murdoch story.

As I watch from the vantage point of summer vacation, I can't help but be appalled by… Read full post »

I stand before you on the eve of our 235th Birthday, and realize now that our founding fathers got it wrong. The events leading up to the American Revolution crystalized around a very simple concept, "No Taxation Without Representation." Obviously that was wrongheaded.

Sam Adams and the Sons of… Read full post »

I can't help but remember Mort Sahl, a humorist who was able to deliver a satirical shtick, by walking out on a stage wearing a V-neck sweater and carrying a newspaper commenting on the actual newstories written in the paper he was carrying.

Fast forward to today, where Congresswoman Michele Bachmann… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2011 9:33PM

Oh, just one more thing...

"What's your first name?"


Peter Falk, known as Lt. Columbo to TV viewers over the world died yesterday in Beverly Hills at the age of 83. He made the rumpled detective from the LAPD a TV icon for over three decades.

In addition to winner four Emmys, Falk was nominated… Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2011 9:55AM

Pedestrian Rage

If you were on the corner of Broadway and West 32nd street yesterday at 12:45 you missed an event one could only describe as unique to New York.

A Cadillac SUV also known as a "Private Car" was negotiating the turn from 32nd Street onto Broadway. After the sixty something… Read full post »


 Personal Reactions Bubble courtesy Edward T. Hall (c) 1966

Back in the seventies when my consciousness was first being "raised," I learned about "personal space," and how in the United States our society built an invisible circle eighteen inches from us.

As a native New Yorker, I… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2011 12:15AM

Happy Father's Day

He sat in "his" chair, alone, looking at the images on the TV. Nothing came in Saturday's mail. No email, no phone calls or text messages. He'd been alone for many years. His wife had passed away, and he was determined to live independently for as long as he could.

He… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2011 10:34AM

Happy 40th Annivesary "War on Drugs"

I think it's time we declared victory and move on.

JUNE 16, 2011 6:46PM

Dirty Haiku Thursday -- It's back

Overheard on the Train

"He'll get me new tits you know"

Thanks for sharing. Not!

If you thought that a tornado touching down in Western Massachusetts was impossible to occur, or that a prominent Congressman would send Twitter alerts with photos of his clothed genitalia out to unsuspecting recipients equally unlikely (though more plausible than a Massachusetts Tornado), then… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2011 9:57PM

Hard to figure you out, Dad!


It sure is tough trying to figure you out. Ever since that night when I was six years old and you tossed Mom and me out of the apartment, with all of our clothes, too.

I remember long the walk up to Nana's on Park Terrace West in… Read full post »


The iSore brought to you by Steve Jobs and Apple

photo credit Cupertino City Council

The corporate world has been described for decades as a rat race. Many corporate mid-management types would contend that their miserable lives are spent going in circles trying to get work done while the… Read full post »

10.  I speak my mind and wouldn't be able to stay "on message."

9. When another politician lied, I'd call them a liar.

8. I'd speak truth to power.

7. I would campaign for the death penalty for White Collar criminals.

6. I would campaign to revoke the citizenship of those… Read full post »

Should we just chalk up Anthony Weiner's titillating twitter episode as Married Men who do stupid stuff? or Married Politicians who do stupid stuff?

Certainly marital betrayal is not a subject that should be exploited for humor. As someone whose ex-wife was unfaithful I can relate to the pain, anger… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2011 10:45AM

Pizza, Paul Revere and Palin

I was raised to be tolerant and respectful of people's view's who are different than my own. Unfortunately when it comes to the "quittah from Wasilla," I can't help but be a Hypocrite. In no tiny way, either.

Sarah Palin is, in fact, a marketable commodity. There is a segment of… Read full post »

With "Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian's obit in the New York Times, I thought of a wonderful lede to accompany it.

Headline: Dr. Jack Kevorkian proponent of "Assisted Suicide" dies at 83.

Lede: Dr, Jack Kevorkian, known to many as "Dr. Death" died today at age 83 after trying unsuccessfully toRead full post »

MAY 17, 2011 9:06AM

Hot Dogs and French Fries

Juxtaposed in the New York Times obituaries yesterday were two giants in there respective fields.  Murray Handwerker, was the son of Nathan Handwerker, founder of Coney Island's Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. His father purportedly borrowed 300 dollars from Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor (long before… Read full post »

I've been channeling my inner Republican lately. What you say? We all have one, but fortunately, that inner urge is overruled by one's conscience. I do sometimes let it get the better of me. For example, I filed my taxes earlier this year, to get my refund sooner, a hedge against… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 12, 2011 1:26PM

25 reasons to enjoy Armageddon Weekend

As a non-Christian, I watched with bemused detachment about the pronouncements that the world will end Saturday May 21st at 6 p.m. For some of us, we thought the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, started on January 20th, 1981.

While many might start viewing this date with… Read full post »

Perhaps it's the certitude that all should love their mother. Even when their mother had been manipulative, abusive and mentally ill.  Even when they've been disowned by their mother.

Perhaps it's the long mis-held notion that a woman is a complete being only if she has borne a child. Perhaps it… Read full post »

The New York Times reports that among the data collected from bin Laden's palatial estate in Abbottabad were proposals to attack America's railroads.

"A rushed examination of the trove of materials from the compound in Pakistan prompted Obama administration officials on Thursday to issue a warning thRead full post »