Hooky … and Meal Memories!

I’m playing hooky from a piece on Ebola in the United States. I tried for three nights, and it’s just not in me. Too many moving parts and too much evidence that we’re not all on the same time, wanting the best possible outcomes!

So for a while I’ve been thinking about a post or series of posts about my favorite things. The Sound of Music—“My Favorite Things”—is a mild impetus, but it’s a very mild one. Candy bars have come to mind—in my dreams I own a candy store in a really cool small town like Trinidad or… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 10/22/14

Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee died on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Washington. He was 93.

Many people tell us:  “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.” Mr. Bradlee was blessed in many ways, and he delivered, and then some! I never met this journalistic giant, but I rely on good friends who knew him well for confirmation that I missed out, big time!

Having contact with charismatic people is one of life’s guilty pleasures. We don’t talk about those situations, to avoid pomposity or self-aggrandizement, but we know they’re special circumstances. I’m blessed to have some contact… Continue reading

My Monday Afternoon

Monday afternoon, I attended a lecture at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe spoke for two hours, with a final one-hour panel—I had to dash—led by MRW reader Gary Stuart. For lay readers, it takes someone special for me to give up an afternoon, drive to Tempe, walking onto the ASU campus, etc., and this one was an easy call! (Three hours of continuing education credits—the early departure left me with two—factored into my decision to attend.)

The lecture grew out of Professor Tribe’s new book, Uncertain Justice:  The… Continue reading


I read Yeah, the GOP Is Evil and Will Win — But the Midterms are Meaningless by Salon writer Andrew O’Hehir early on Saturday, then I read it again. It’s dense and not very clear, but I think I get his point.

Mr. O’Hehir begins by referencing an earlier piece, where he argued that, despite an era of “extreme and perhaps unprecedented executive power,” President Obama cannot get anything done. He tells us the Congressional Democrats have as their mission being “less pathological” than their counterparts, and that the Republicans’ appeal “rests largely on racial panic, xenophobia and anti-government paranoia,”… Continue reading

Who Called the Viruses and Bacteria?

Laurie Garrett is a public health expert, a former NPR reporter, and the author of Betrayal of Trust:  The Collapse of Public Health and other books. For Ms. Garrett, public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” Wait, what? Individuals make the list, but last? Sounds like another “Obamacare defending, Socialist—it takes a village—thinking, “Getting ‘tween me and my Medicare,” G’mint plot to take away my doctor! Because:  freedom!

For better and worse, we live in a… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 10/15/14

In have a theory about time, which may explain why it seems to pass ever more quickly as I age. The theory? On my fifth birthday I’d been alive for 261 weeks; fifty years later 2870 weeks had passed. Simply, as a percentage of my life which has passed, some 50 years ago a week was a big deal, and now I suspect my calculator will require scientific notation to express a week as a percentage of my life. Bottom line? It’s harder and harder to lift my backside out of a chair, and the weeks are flying by!!!

Joe… Continue reading

Cheating in SF?

I ran across Ninth Circuit’s Neutrality Questioned on Gay Rights, by Lyle Denniston for SCOTUSblog, late Monday afternoon. It’s an interesting, well-written piece that offers a jumping off point for discussing how cases get assigned.

A group which opposes same sex marriage has asked the Ninth Circuit for en banc review after a three-judge panel allowed same sex marriages in Nevada. Now, I touched on en banc review in Snoozer! back in March. In simple terms, in federal appellate courts three judges hear a case, and the entire complement of active judges can reconsider a decision by granting en… Continue reading

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Very late flight from Houston bringing our daughter home for fall break. I’ll be back on Tuesday, if not sooner.

Admiral Michelle Howard

I heard a story, A Phone Call Helped Navy’s First Four-Star Woman Embrace Her Path, on Friday morning’s NPR Morning Edition show. National Public Radio has been running a Changing Lives of Women series, which includes some great stories. This piece featured Admiral Michelle Howard, the Navy’s first female, African-American four star admiral, and its current Vice Chief of Naval Operations (No woman or African-American man has previously held this job.)

I don’t want to steal Admiral Howard’s story—she’s very impressive, and you should listen to the interview—but her comments resonated on several levels. She’s very direct about… Continue reading

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