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Word Power : Resilience

William Safire was a conservative speechwriter who served both Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon; it was Safire who coined the ‘nattering nabobs of negativism‘ phrase that worked so well for Agnew. For many years, Safire wrote a column titled On Language* for … Continue reading

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A Modest Correction

Our President proudly commands the biggest, workingest nuclear button in the world. Perhaps. I know that he’s a fella that has a little difficulty with complex ideas. It’s okay to call a country a shithole because it’s economically poor and … Continue reading

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Is it Art?

When I first decided to write and publish fiction, I thought that I’d spend some time writing poetry. The idea was that writing poetry would be good practice for producing concise and powerful prose. I’ve since stopped writing poetry, though … Continue reading

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Self-Serving Public Servants – Trump, DeVos and the Rise of the Plutocrats

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
  This election cycle we have witnessed a subtle change to our political landscape – and it’s probably not the one you’re thinking about. ? It’s not that Republicans have gained control of a large chunk…

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Timing is Everything

And depending on how you look at it, mine is amazing or awful. In a recent post here I shared that I had decided that my next book was going to be an elephant story, provisionally titled Magua the Elephant. Since I … Continue reading

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Domestic Bliss

“Empirical research shows that no domestic arrangement, not even one in which the mother works full time and the father is unemployed, results in child-care parity between heterosexual spouses. The story we tell ourselves, the one about great leaps toward the achievement … Continue reading

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November Approaches

I’ve got the feeling in the gut about this; the one where you’re frightened and excited in equal parts. Let’s do this. Continue reading

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What I learned from the Don in the White House

Well the would-be Don anyway. He’s not smart enough to be the Don, he’ll always be the one taking orders, being ‘advised’ on what to do. All he does is keep an eye on the money, or as he likes … Continue reading

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Mango Crumble Tarts, a Caribbean twist on the American Apple Crumble pie. Serve it with sorrel tea.

Originally posted on Caribbean Foods in American Kitchens:
? Apples or mangoes.  Why not both?  Apple Crumble Pie served with homemade caramel sauce I love apple making this apple crumble pie with a hearty whole wheat pastry crust.  Recently  though,…

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Current Research: The Elephant’s Secret Sense by Caitlin O’Connell

The story of humans in the world is a sad tale of greed, ignorance and horrific abuse of the stewardship of the planet we have claimed as our birthright. Sometimes deliberately, sometimes inadvertently, but always with devastating agency, we have … Continue reading

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