Tag Archives: Issues & Trends

“There Is No One California” – Ouch!

This morning, I listened to Victor Davis Hanson‘s interview by Michael Krasny on Forum, about his controversial article, “There is no California,” published on the Orange County Register, on August 15, 2012.  I got curious. So, when I had a … Continue reading

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Nothing Like A Good Mouth Washing!

Yesterday, on my way to work, I was listening to David Greene of Morning Edition on NPR, when he reported that in Middleborough, Massachusetts, the residents recently passed an ordinance that prohibits public profanity.  The local police have been given the … Continue reading

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I Will Be More Present

There are some changes that need to be incremental.  The kind that does not feel too drastic, jarring to one’s sensibilities or unconscious.  These are small steps moving to a long-term betterment, or so we hope.  I’ve been mulling over … Continue reading

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Money, Money, Money

I often hear the sad conclusion, “Money is the root of all evil.”  Normally, it’s said with an air of resignation, after heaving a great sigh.  Over the years, I have wondered about the statement.  After all, money is a … Continue reading

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Waiting Room Stories

Last week, I was sitting in a half empty waiting room while my father was having his hearing tested.  I had finished filling all the information and HIPAA forms when I glanced up and saw a pleasant-looking elderly gentleman smiling … Continue reading

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Namesakes

I’m not sure if the practice of naming one’s offspring after one’s self is still customary these days but when I was growing up, I often encountered an acquaintance, classmate or friend who is named after one of his/her parents … Continue reading

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Graduation Blues

Last night, we brought them to the airport.  They were almost bursting with excitement.  This trip will become the culmination of their journey over the last four years. It was only two days ago, when we watched them receive their … Continue reading

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Over Quiche and Pork Roast

It was a pleasant Monday evening in May. The sun was still out when we all made our way to Anna’s new home up on a hill. She welcomed us at the door and led us into her kitchen. The … Continue reading

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Cutting Class

After a festive evening of cooking, eating, drinking, telling stories, it was time to clean up. We all pitched in to tidy up. It was then that I asked the kids what they thought about J’s current issue with school. … Continue reading

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The Latest Unlikely Hero

The past week, we were inundated with up-to-the-minute news about Steven Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who apparently could not take it anymore from a rude passenger.  So he announced on the PA what a terrible person she is … Continue reading

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