What’s Going on? God Knows!

I watched Morgan Freeman’s “wormhole” show last night and  was left wondering why I am so dumb. Then this morning  I read that the Japanese are messing with the global currency market to increase their exports and I feel even more like a gibbering idiot. There’s so much that I do not understand. Please don’t tell me […]
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It’s Not Just Hispanics Who Are “Illegal Immigrants”

A Chinese-Jamaican friend sent me a video of a speech by author Amy Tan that reminded me of an often ignored aspect of immigration reform. (You remember the movie The Joy Luck Club? Well, she wrote the book.) Tan was born in America but her parents were not. They were born in China. And, in […]
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Looking on the Bright Side

One of my dad’s favorite poems began with the assertion: It’s easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song but the man worth while is the one who can smile when everything goes dead wrong. Oddly, it was written by an American poet, and my father wasn’t a fan of American literature. […]
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It’s Looking Merry after all

Back on line after a few days of site maintenance, and just in time to wish readers of this blog a merry Christmas. Sandra and I are merrily trying to figure out the instructions on the wrappers that came with the 14-pound turkey and the 6-pound ham. Yes, we will have lots of food on […]
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Bravo Tessanne! You Make Our Jamaican Hearts Sing

At this time of year, it’s especially nice to have something to cheer about. And we Jamaicans have Tessanne Chin. Of course you know what I’m talking about.  If you’re not one of the nearly 10 million viewers blown away by Tessanne’s performance on NBC’s The Voice last night, you are surely one of the millions […]
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How Come the Health Care Law Works in Massachusetts?

I sat up in bed when I heard Sandra gasp. But there was no health emergency. She was tranquilly lying beside me, reading the local paper. “What’s the matter?” I asked her. “It’s this man, Cal Thomas. I can’t stand him,” she replied. You probably recognize the name.  Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist, one of […]
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Why Do I Keep on Beating the Same Little Drum?

Another day, another blog. And I seem to say the same thing in different ways day after day (maybe in not such different ways, but I try). I wish my repertoire were more varied, and I sympathize with any readers who skip over my blogs muttering “same old, same old.” But in my defense, don’t […]
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No, it’s Not Begininng to Feel a Lot Like Christmas

What should Christmas feel like? Whatever it is, I’m not feeling it. It’s not that I’m lonely or depressed. And it’s not the pain in my knee and hip from that brutal fall I took in the driveway about a week ago. And it’s certainly not the sunshine outside my window. Sleigh bells may be ringing […]
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Why is Santa Claus White?

Ask any American kid, Santa Claus is white. But a columnist at Slate thinks he should change his hue. Citing her childhood memories, Aisha Harris says a white Santa is confusing to black kids. It’s time to make the jolly old elf more “inclusive,” she argues. Ms. Harris figures Santa should be represented by a […]
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