Money for Nothing

Thank you, Michael Moore.  Thank you for saying much of what I've been thinking for the last week in this article you wrote, but haven't gotten my act together enough to write myself.   I think you got the racial analysis wrong, but I love the rest of it.  Thanks for admitting that the NRA's justification that the only one who stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun has merit.  That even with the best of precautions and intentions, these tragedies will continue to happen.  Thanks for … [Read more...]

Ballerinas on the Moon

In honor of Thank A Teacher Day:  the following is a slightly edited version of a post I wrote for Catonsville Patch over a year ago.    You can read the original version here.The lilting, closing notes to Brahms’ Waltz in A Flat Major still rang in the air.  (We had an actual pianist playing an actual grand piano in the studio when I took ballet.)  We would have just completed our rond de jambe exercises at the bar, and we would be waiting.  Silence.  We’d stand like statues in our closi … [Read more...]

If Not Now, When?

Dear America,We need to talk.I love you very much.  You are a magnificent place to live, grow up, and enjoy freedoms the strongest democracy on earth can provide.  Like any human body with an illness, though, as much as you'd like to look away, you shouldn't.  You have complex and deep sicknesses afflicting your vital organs, and they need to be addressed.  These vital organs should not be removed - they should be healed.  The medicine is difficult to swallow, but if you are to continue t … [Read more...]

Gun Control or Domestic Violence?

After the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide, I had the following discussion on Facebook with my friend, fellow Murrow-ite, New Yorker, and blogger, Chris Cataudella.  Please read and discuss. Aliza Worthington So, all the articles you posted on gun control not being the issue in the Belcher crimes reminds me of a really smart thing some really smart lady once wrote..."...people who use abortion as a cheap and easy fix for their irresponsible behavior (if such people ex … [Read more...]

Lisa Alcalay Klug’s “Hot Mamalah” – Book Review

Full disclosure #1:  I've never written a book review before.  I apologize in advance.Full disclosure #2:  The publisher sent me the book for free, but I was not compensated in any way to review it.Full disclosure #3:  I don't have a third one, but I kinda feel a list should have at least three things on it.Do not, I repeat, do NOT read Hot Mamalah, The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe if you are hungry, thirsty, or chocolate deprived.  DO read it if you have a stocked liqu … [Read more...]


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