Oprah 2020?

I wrote the first three pieces of this series last week before Oprah's kick-ass, inspirational, campaign-like speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday.  I had no idea I'd be ahead of the curve.  And to be honest, I really didn't think she'd do it.  I didn't think she'd run.  But today anything seems possible. The … Continue reading Oprah 2020?

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Let’s Draft Oprah, Part 3

What do I want from an Oprah Winfrey Presidency?  My first thought was that I’d want her to re-invigorate the Democratic Party.  As 84-year-old Dianne Feinstein prepares to run for her 6th senatorial term, it must be noted that the Democratic party has a very shallow bench.  But Oprah knows how to cultivate talent.  So … Continue reading Let’s Draft Oprah, Part 3

Let’s Draft Oprah, Part 2

Remember when the current Republican President was first running?  Pundits laughed, they shook their heads, they refused to discuss his candidacy seriously.  But his supporters kept pointing out  two things: First, they'd say that Trump was a successful business mogul. Whether or not this is true is still in dispute, but this argument was made … Continue reading Let’s Draft Oprah, Part 2

Greetings Blogosphere!

I have not been the most consistent blogger in the world. If there’s anyone out there paying attention this is not such a big surprise. My last post was over a year ago. In that episode, I announced that my poor old sweet-faced kitty Angel was dying of cancer. I got all philosophical and weepy … Continue reading Greetings Blogosphere!

Okay I read it! Here’s what I think of Go Set a Watchman

If Go Set A Watchman hadn’t been written by Harper Lee, I don’t guess I would recommend it because it isn’t all that good a read. But it was written by Harper Lee, and we know that if she had chosen to revise and edit it, she was capable of producing a brilliant snapshot of … Continue reading Okay I read it! Here’s what I think of Go Set a Watchman

What To Think About Watchman?

First I have to say that I have not yet read Go Set a Watchman. I do intend to read it though; my copy arrived from Amazon yesterday. But the early reviews of Harper Lee’s second novel have been playing on my mind and I feel a need to set my thoughts down now. As … Continue reading What To Think About Watchman?

Join the Discussion!

Let's celebrate the upcoming publication of Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman by reading (or re-reading) her only other published novel, the incomparable To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm hosting a discussion group right here on my website! For details click on the Mockingbird link above. It will take you to a special page devoted … Continue reading Join the Discussion!

My Mother’s Orange Tree

On December 7th, 1941, my mother was at her friend Louise’s house.  They were picking the first oranges of the season when Louise’s mother came out to the yard to tell them the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.   Every year after, my mother commemorated the date by picking, and then eating, … Continue reading My Mother’s Orange Tree