Back to work

November 4, 2010

Now that the election is settled, it’s time to put America back to work. I propose we start with me. And since the Republican wave that swept Democrats from power in the House of Representatives Tuesday and greatly reduced their numbers in the Senate is directly attributable to young people staying away from the polls […]


Crazy morons

October 20, 2010

There is no shortage of crazy morons in the world. In fact, it looks like we have a surplus, though a cursory survey can be misleading. I was born in the Eisenhower ’50s, matured in the ’60s, stagnated in the ’70s and ’80s, and regressed in the ’90s in anticipation of a millennium surge forward. […]


My God

September 4, 2010

I am a weather god. And a parking god. Many people claim to be one or the other. But I am both. I can’t pinpoint when I made the separate ascensions. Certainly, when I was in college the brutal Michigan winters precluded any claim to weather godliness. But even then my campus parking prowess was […]


Life in Venice

July 29, 2010

“It is so miserable here, I don’t really want to do anything. It’s like seriously, actually, genuinely depressing.” Caitlin Pence, Manhattan Beach, Calif. These are, indeed, dark days in California. Unemployment is 12.4% (third worst in the nation), the state faces a $19 billion budget shortfall, the housing industry has hit the wall, the social […]


Happy anniversary

June 5, 2010

“Several things I’ve learned: You can’t apply for jobs well under what your previous job was; you won’t be taken seriously and will be considered over-qualifed. You must fall completely to the bottom and get the occasional minimum wage, temporary job. No one will commit to any training for a new position. If you’ve done […]


Perfect pitch

June 4, 2010
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The time for mere words has passed. When a crisis is upon us, lamentations about mistakes made, commiseration for all the human suffering and cries for justice are not enough. The President must act. He needs to weigh in on the disaster and put the full force of his administration and the public will behind […]


Game on

March 19, 2010

Like many sporting enthusiasts, including President Obama, I filled out my bracket early last week. It’s been a long season, and in the end my pick to win it all was the same team I had picked in the preseason. But because I had seen them enter the year as a heavy favorite, stumble out […]


Frances Fragos Townsend

February 13, 2010

This is, like, my fourth blog posting and I must admit I don’t know a lot about the game of getting noticed. No one has noticed me so far. My blog doesn’t show up in Google searches, and really, why should it. There is nothing remarkable to be read here. And not very much of […]


I don’t know anything

January 31, 2010

I spent a not insignificant part of my formative years in Michigan cowering in a school basement, or under a desk, curled up in a fetal position and waiting patiently for disaster to be visited all about me. But not upon me. We were being trained how best to survive a nuclear disaster. Or a […]


Talk the talk

January 29, 2010

After watching President Obama go head-to-head with Republicans at their annual retreat in Baltimore, and dominating every aspect of the conversation, I am once again intrigued by the possibility of real dialogue about issues on a national stage. Anyone who has seen the British prime minister debate his rivals on the floor of Parliament knows […]