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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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When Donnie Goes Trumping Home

11/4/16 Update: With five days to go, it’s too late in the game to put the new Comey is a Trumpie bumpersticker up for sale. Besides, have you noticed there are practically NO bumperstickers this election? Or yard signs, at least around here. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, there were a smattering of
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Veterans & Trump

9/26/16 Last week Trump gave a speech in Pittsburgh to the oil and gas honchos in the shale-oil extraction industry, then he had a fundraiser at the elite Duquesne Club, whose alumni include the likes of Andrew Carnegie and generations of Mellons. Both of my novels are largely set in the Pittsburgh area, “back in
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9/14/16 Discouraging news on the Trump front, with polls showing him gaining in key states. Yet more articles on his appeal in my home area, from Youngstown to Johnstown and everywhere in between; Clinton down with pneumonia, zero results so far on my novel promo efforts, a hatchet job on my home town on YouTube.
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Trumping Right Along -Journal

9/8/16 It’s been an interesting month on a personal level. I wrote a couple weeks ago about our trip to Pennsylvania for my 50th high school reunion, and since then we’ve visited my wife’s family in New York over the Labor Day weekend. Two red-eye trips in the same month is enough. In other news,
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Is Trump in Putin's Pocket?

Sept. 7, 2016 This evening I watched the NBC special program, the Commander-in-Chief (C–I-C) Forum, where they interviewed Hillary and Donnie. The premise of the program was how the candidates would perform as President and C-I-C of the U.S. Armed Forces to keep the world safe. Both candidates are boomers (Hillary is 69, Trump is
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