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"Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say `nee' at will to old ladies. There is a pestilence upon this land, nothing is sacred. Even those who arrange and design shrubberies are under considerable economic stress at this period in history."

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JUNE 7, 2009 4:12PM

An Open Letter To Neil Young



Dear Neil                                             &Read full post »

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MAY 27, 2009 4:32PM

“In Treatment” from a psychotherapist’s perspective





I’ve become a huge fan of HBO’s phenomenal series “In Treatment”. There are a few reasons for this. First, it is so well written and craftfully acted---take John Mahoney’s recent performance as the tormented CEO “Walter”. In… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2009 7:45PM

A Memorial Day ride of a lifetime

Every year during Memorial Day weekend, there is a steady stream of activity in the skies over my house. One by one, they pass by. First, the B-17, and we cheer and applaud with excitement. We’re awestruck as this lumbering ghost ship passes overhead. We can see the turret… Read full post »
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MARCH 30, 2009 12:49AM

Amateur Strip Night in Creve Coeur Illinois



I guess that I have a “bucket list”, though it has changed and evolved over time. These days I dream of traveling to Sicily to meet my “people”, of finally getting back stage at a Neil Young concert, of having a one night stand with James Purefoy, and ofRead full post »

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MARCH 21, 2009 9:17PM

Shooting Spree in Oakland - 4 officers and a suspect dead



Violence is not unusual in Oakland, but today's violence is just another grim reminder that when people are desperate or feeling threatened, they will make the most fatal of choices.

 Apparently, 4 police officers were gunned down, and there are conflicting news reports stat… Read full post »



 (Jim, surrounded by his sisters)


When I heard about the tragic circumstances of Natasha Richardson’s brain injury, I immediately flashed on the stages of grief, and the incredible amount of denial that my family endured when my brother Jim fell off of his h… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2009 2:55PM

I Used To Enjoy Meet The Press



I used to really enjoy watching Meet The Press. Tim Russert was an extremely likeable man who was able to ask pointed questions without coming off as a sanctimonious piece of work. When Russert pressed his guests for meaningful responses, he did so with respect, and a certain twi… Read full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2009 6:06PM

Joan Walsh versus Dick Armey

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Did anyone out there catch today's Hardball with Chris Matthews?


In the middle of a debate over Obama's stimulus package, Dick Armey began to laugh, blush, and become apoplectic after Joan began to debate… Read full post »

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JANUARY 25, 2009 4:43PM

"Sully" Sullenberger's welcome home in Danville, CA



When the US Airways flight that was piloted by Sully Sullenberger and crew glided onto the Hudson River, it was a day of renewed hope for a country starved for good news. As a nation, we have been psychologically deprived of a sense of competence, and for a feeling that… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2009 7:00PM

8 Years and 10 Days

myrt  I’d like to be able to tell you about my mother in a way that enables you to really see her and who she was. I’d like to tell you about all of her antics in the 1970’s---her 1965 powder blue Cadillac convertible—how she would drive it down the street withRead full post »


I learned of Dan Fogelberg's death at 6 AM on a Monday morning. As my favorite news anchor read the brief obituary, I literally doubled over in tears. My husband climbed out of bed and came toward me to be of some comfort. He looked at me and said, "IRead full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2008 2:05AM

Ego personified



But who's ego, that's the question. Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 12:56PM

Christmas, Jesus and my Easy Bake Oven


 Christmastime is here again, and I’m beginning to feel that familiar emptiness that tends to haunt me at this time of year.

Both of my parents are gone, and we are a family of grown-ups. My siblings have their own families and rituals to perform. I don’t have anyRead full post »

I was 18 years old in 1979, and had been raised in a homogenous suburb of San Francisco called Castro Valley. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I had started Junior College and that brought forth no answers either. What I needed was a major… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2008 1:23PM

The Red Suitcase

My parents were a mystery to me when I was an adolescent. At a time that I was beginning to experiment with drugs and sex, apparently my mom and dad were too.

It was 1975, and my parents were in their early 50’s.

One afternoon, my pal Dennis and I… Read full post »
DECEMBER 1, 2008 3:21PM

Early morning prose

 This morning the usual grind
dogs grunting at 5:45, wet noses bumping my cheek
get up, mama, get up!
The sun is up!

Husband snoring, or pretending
it's your turn, not mine you think
but you steel yourself and rise
to the occasion

Stumbling down the stairs
steaming milk
6 dogs peeing in the… Read full post »
DECEMBER 1, 2008 2:48PM

Thought for today

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 11:36PM

The Alarm Clock

dadbeer My family moved to a new house when I was 10 years old. The “rumpus” room was downstairs, and the bedrooms, kitchen and living room were on the top floor. My mother never did like this house, but my dad had purchased it on a V.A. loan, and it was… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 24, 2008 2:12PM

Facing Death

 You rarely work on a Saturday, but sometimes you prefer it. Most of the administration, office staff and doctors aren’t there on the weekends, and it feels more relaxed and casual. You won’t have to compete with the doctor for a look at the chart, and the physical therapy department… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2008 4:58PM

Election Night

I can’t believe that the election is over. Well, it’s mostly over. There are still Senate seats to be decided, and as I was driving home from dinner last night, I noticed that the DNC office was still open and staffed 2 weeks after the election. It is hard to let… Read full post »