November 29, 2018

We, the public, deserve to see the president's federal income tax returns, including attached forms and schedules.

Since the early 1970s, most U.S. presidents have chosen to release their returns publicly.  Clearly then, it can be done and it has been done.

There is no p...

November 28, 2018

I want to recognize all the artists, painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, singers, songwriters, poets, and dancers of the world.  All of those who are creating in some sort of artistic and/or cultural way.

You bring flavor and expression to our world.  Some...

November 27, 2018

Right now as you read this there are people in airplanes in the skies all over the world, feeling a mixture of emotions: tired and cramped and ready to get off the plane, but also giddy and excited and really looking forward to getting where they're going.

That's the th...

November 26, 2018

We who are Americans should do a better job at understanding the causes of the exodus from Central America.

The exodus has been the focus of a lot of media attention.  But on what has the media focused?  Answer: on the imagery propounded by the president (which I won't...

November 21, 2018

"Gracias a la palabra

que agradece.

Gracias a gracias


cuanto esta palabra

derrite nieve o hierro."

-- Oda a las gracias, Pablo Neruda

"Thanks to the word

that says thanks!

Thanks to thanks,


that melts

iron and snow!"

-- Ode to thanks, Pablo Neruda

November 20, 2018

"O you shunn'd persons, I at least do not shun you,

I come forthwith in your midst, I will be your poet,

I will be more to you than to any of the rest." -- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Children of Adam, Native Moments

November 19, 2018

Taylor Twellman and Jesse Palmer have the exact same voice.

If either one got sick with laryngitis or otherwise lost their voice, I would bet that ESPN would have the sick one still appear on air, but lip-sync to the other's dubbed-in voice.

I would love if they app...

November 16, 2018

I'm on the internet!

November 15, 2018

As anyone here in Philadelphia knows today by looking out the window, today marks the first snowfall of the season.

As I wrote this morning to one of my cousins in Costa Rica (who has never experienced snow): it is one of those experiences which, no matter how old you m...

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