A WordsDay Special Fifty-thousand words in thirty days. It’s a journey that would make Jules Verne jealous. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I’m going to take the plunge. With any luck—and lots and lots of caffeine—I’ll have a novel come December. NaNoWriMo started as a lark back in 2000 when a bunch […]
In honor of the Sabbat, I offer up this fragment from my poem “Eleven Fables.” ______ 9. Dog, Two Roads, Samhain October hardwoods crest the Blue Ridge, red gold orange, the incandescent rumor of All Hallows. Dog, tail flying full mast, sniffs from oak to maple, back again:
“We’re in the middle of a sort of transition right now,” Ian Astbury told the crowd that had packed Buffalo’s Town Ballroom Friday night. Two thousand-plus fans had come to see The Cult blast through a seventeen-song set that included old favorites like “Fire Woman” and “She Sells Sanctuary” and new tunes like “Every Man […]
So was this a sane idea? I posed that question over pasta after the rally. I attended the rally with my husband, John, and his daughter, Ann, who lives right outside DC. We started planning this trip over a month before the rally was announced, to support Ann who is running in her first marathon […]
If you haven’t seen this video, which is built around a talk from Sir Ken Robinson, it’s 11:40 well spent. I tend to be skeptical about many approaches to “reforming” education because all too often they’re either about enriching somebody at the expense of student and social well-being or they’re pandering to leveling impulses that […]
Conservatives believe that U.S. disarmament holds no water with Tehran and that substantive disarmament measures on the part of the West would have no bearing on any aspirations Iran may have to nuclear weapons. Russ Wellen reports.
by Dawn Farmer Am i the only one who’s been wondering (for like nine years now) why Osama bin Laden seems to share foreign policy goals with a broad group of people i like to call Dick Cheney? He wanted the US to invade Afghanistan, and so did Dick Cheney. Remember when he made a […]
I’ve been listening to news about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) ever since a federal judge in California overturned it and subsequently had her ruling stayed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. I’ve heard about generals who are arguing against it, claiming that allowing openly homosexual servicemen and women will damage the military’s readiness […]
Previously… by Terry Hargrove I don’t care what he says, Steve’s sectional sofa bit me. Despite the injury to my hand, I was able to help him get the sectional sofa into my abode. It wasn’t easy, since my apartment was on the second level of a refurbished antebellum home, and the only access was […]
In 1994 I was in my final year in university in Cape Town. The transition to majority rule was messy, violent and filled with atrocities by all parties to the conflict. A bomb by the military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress destroyed a pub that I, and other students, frequented. Members of the Afrikaaner […]
After a disturbing round of ultra-violence during Week 6, the NFL last week announced that “even first-time offenders face suspension for ‘devastating hits’ and ‘head shots.’” Yesterday’s action indicated, in the estimation of several analysts (who appeared to be reading from the same script at times), that the message had been “delivered and received.” Sunday’s […]
I’ll admit it, until this afternoon i had paid exactly zero attention to the Juan Williams “scandal.” I figured that if Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Gingrich, ad nauseum were making a big deal out of it then it had to be stupid. Then i found myself sitting next to an abandoned copy of USA Today […]
Apparently it’s obvious to everyone but Israel and the United States that the Middle-East can’t take the first step to becoming a nuclear-weapons-free zone until Israel acknowledges its own program. Expecting Arab states to go along with the pretense that Israel has no nuclear weapons is a sick joke.