Saturday, July 6, 2013

To My Readers. . .

I've decided to suspend my blog for awhile.  I've come to realize that the loss of my beloved dog Cassidy has caused me to reassess who I am and what I'm doing.  He was, above all, a joyful creature who worked his way into the deepest part of my being.  His passing not only breaks my heart but also raises new challenges for me.

I'll be back in some form.  I may focus on the political parodies that I like to compose or I may find that a new presidential election--coming sooner than we think--will revive my interest in the Washington circus, which has become petty and uninspired.

In the meantime I thank you for your support these last three years, and I'll look forward to resuming my work soon.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

In Memoriam

Cassidy
July 21, 1998 - July 1, 2013

Beloved Companion
Joyful Soul

Monday, July 1, 2013

From Nelson Mandela

"A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones."

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Nursery Rhyme Nuptials

What a week at the Supreme Court.  One day we're down, the next day we're up.  Here's a ditty to celebrate the rulings on same-sex marriage.  Sing to the tune of "Jack and Jill" from Mother Goose Rhymes.

Joan and Jill
Went to the Hill
To see if they could marry.
Joan found out
There was no doubt
And so could Tom and Harry.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Life Lessons From the Garden

The news is too much these days, as we lurch from one screaming headline to another.  I prefer thinking about plants.  Here are some observations that have occurred to me over the years, as I've dug up weeds and divided bulbs, moved plants and thinned overgrowth.  You could consider these lessons about life, along the lines of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten or Tuesdays With Morrie.  Here goes:

1.  Sometimes you have to cut off part of a plant for the whole to thrive.

2.  Sometimes you have to move a plant out of the spot--I mean--sunlight.

3.  Sometimes you have to move a plant to the other side of the yard.

4.  Sometimes you have to accept that plants will die no matter what you do.

5.  Sometimes you have to let the wind and the bees and the rain take over.

6.  Sometimes you can't dislodge a weed from the rock that protects it.

7.  Sometimes you can't tell the difference between a baby flower bud and a dying flower head.

8.  Sometimes you can't get a plant to grow straight.

9.  Sometimes you can't keep the deer away.

10.Sometimes you can't imagine what your efforts will yield.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sky Over Chapel Hill


"The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through."

- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Deen Cuisine

It's hard not to move when Michael Jackson sings "Billie Jean," especially in this video as he performs the first moonwalk.  I thought of this song yesterday when I read that Southern cook Paula Deen had been dropped from the Food Network.  Anyone who cooks a cheeseburger sandwiched between two doughnuts deserves her own song.  Sing to the tune of "Billie Jean":

She was more like a cooking queen on the TV screen
I said don't mind, but what do you cook? I am the one
Who will eat all this junk that's prepared.
She said I am the one who will cook what I want on this show.

She told me her name was Paula Deen and she caused a scene
'Cause every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
Who would eat all this junk that's prepared.

People always told her be careful of what you say
Don't go around making racist jokes
And Matt Lauer asked her to come down to his show
But she was too tired and cancelled her plans
Hey, hey, hey

Well, Paula Deen was dropped for good
She's just a girl who cooks with lots of bad stuff
Like sugar, cream, and fat
She cooks really bad stuff
With sugar, cream, and fat.

She cooks really bad stuff
With sugar, cream, and fat.