Monthly Archives: November 2012

Meaning beyond Union

Abraham Lincoln was an afterthought, not even the main attraction at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg 149 years ago today. Edward Everett was the one everyone had come to listen to. He was one of most famous … Continue reading

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Fahrdreht: RIP Hostess Twinkie (1933-2012)

We are all saddened by the loss of the cultural icon of Hostess’ cream filled Twinkies. They were the stamp of my most formative years, developmental comfort food, invented outside of Chicago in Schiller Park in 1933. Over thirty years … Continue reading

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Free exercise

Yesterday was a pretty intense day. It started at 6:30am with a thin woman in her 2013 BMW who rear-ended me on Lakeshore Drive. My new Prius C may be totaled. (More on this when I’m ready to talk about … Continue reading

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“Meeting the Light Completely” by Jane Hirshfield

Even the long-beloved was once an unrecognized stranger. Just so, the chipped lip of a blue-glazed cup, blown field of a yellow curtain, might also, flooding and falling, ruin your heart. A table painted with roses. An empty clothesline. Each … Continue reading

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Stuffed in the Olive Garden

Every time I visit my mother and her husband, they want to take me out to eat. It’s a treat for them to get out and break their routine. We usually go to either Bob Evans or the Olive Garden, … Continue reading

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Team Rubicon

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, originally Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:00am in 1918. It is celebrated nationally today. There have been many tributes to veterans and soldiers … Continue reading

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Prius Hubris

I visited my mother and her husband this weekend in Toledo. I showed off my new car and bragged about its gas mileage. They both inspected the car with great respect for its hybrid engineering. When I later stayed with … Continue reading

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Rethinking Filibuster in Washington

Today we finished watching the last part of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. We have been watching it for the last couple of weeks, a little bit at a time, interwoven with our in-depth exploration of the Constitution. This movie … Continue reading

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Back at the desk

A few years ago, I gave my desk to JB because he needed space to put his first computer, acquired from IB, who used the money toward the purchase of a new laptop. I offered to build a desk for … Continue reading

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The morning after

…What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The … Continue reading

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