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Playing Guitar & Trumpie Ennui

I haven’t had much to say in the last few weeks. A birthday, hosting guests and a general sense of ennui with all things Trump have  contributed to my inherent laziness. I was grateful for the failure of TrumpCare, and I did check out the legalities of  Trump trademarking “Keep America Great” and how it
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Keep America Great! The Trademark fight

Yo! This is an open letter to anyone who knows more about the legalities of trademarks than I do. Here’s the situation: Donald Trump wants to trademark “Keep America Great!” and “Keep America Great” as the theme for his 2020 re-election campaign. My company, Castalia Communications, has been using Keep America Great on a bumpersticker
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Alternative Facts

Don’t you just love the Trumpies’ assertion that we should respect the “alternative facts” of our new President? He says three million “illegals” who voted cost him the popular vote. It wasn’t Americans, it was illegals. I have wonder if this is just another narcissistic delusion in his mighty brain, or a calculated attempt to
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The 2020 election begins!

Jan. 20, 2017 So Trump is officially in office. I can’t add much to the thousands of other writers and citizens who are pounding out the pixels on their high-speed connections. However, I do have something nobody else seems to have: a way to piss him off, right off the bat. I recently read that
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Personal–2016 Round-up & Forecast

(This annual update {edited here for general readership} accompanied my note to my personal Christmas card list {see previous blog post}.) My wife and I are both doing well, just the usual growing pains. She spins at the gym or does Pilates five days a week and tap dances. She teaches one course per semester,
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No Christmas Washington

I was in such a bah–humbug mode during last year’s holiday season that I didn’t send any cards to my list of “friends,” which got me to really think about the tradition of sending greeting cards every year at Christmas. I’ve always been a big fan of Santa, but I’m not into formal religion and
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Frustration

From the Veterans Writing Group workshop, December 3, 2016— “What are you feeling today?” was the question at the check-in. I hate questions about “feelings,” partly because my wife is a psychologist and the subject of “feelings” comes up a lot. There were about thirty of us, and I couldn’t think of what I was
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NoMussolini-NoTrumpolini

Nov. 22, Update: I have not seen a single reference to the fact that today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, in 1963. ************* Okay, I’m screwing off again. The election is over but I’m still coming up with bumper stickers when I should be doing marketing and trying to sell
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mussolini trumplini

Nov. 13, 2016 The reality of the new world order is clarifying with this morning’s headlines. The Trumpies are reaching out to the right-wing parties in France, Germany, Hungary and Poland. Putin’s Russians have acknowledged that they were “in contact” with the Trumpies throughout the campaign. And the Trumpies are getting chummy with Erdogan in Turkey,
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Play Nice Don't Be a TRUMPiE!

  On Monday (the day before election day) I checked the calendar and saw that this coming Friday is Veterans’ Day. It reminded me that I had met my wife on a Veterans Day weekend exactly twenty years ago in a writing workshop at a rustic retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains. My wife likes
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