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I believe in magic.

I’m a non-believer who believers in believers.  That means I have to rely on magic to get me out of tight spots and big jams.  On January 7th, I had to call on Dr. Matt Ammerman and his nuerological surgery team at George Washington University Hospital to perform a secular miracle and they came through huge.  My brain is mending, radiology and chemo are well underway, and speech rherapy is slowly restoring my ability to write.

I have a nasty brand of cancer running on the loose, but my list of literary projects is growing faster .  Did I tell you the one about the woman who lived 15 years sitting up in a chair?

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Comforting the Afflicted

As we taxied to the gate one hour late (“someone in Memphis finally answered the phone”) I asked my young seat mate if he was coming home to Peoria.  He said no, he was flying in from Salt Lake City to make a speech.  I said hey, that’s Romney country.  He said no, I’m a Mormon and trust me, everybody in our church despises Romney, he’s such a jerk. (More)

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My 7/4 USA Birthday Wishes

I wish we could switch to “America the Beautiful” as our National Anthem and that  fireworks were allowed only in South Carolina.  I wish people would stop saying “this economy, this country, this President” and go back to saying “OUR economy, OUR country and OUR President” (dudes, we have only one of each, and they all belong to all of us).  I wish the media would restore the 4th estate’s parenthetical prism, i.e., “Rep. Issa, who in the 1970s was twice arrested for auto theft, today accused Attorney General Eric Holder of lying to Congress.”  I wish Jerry Sandusky would just shut up.  I wish for Eric Cantor a case of hives. (More)

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January 31, 2012

Thank God for SuperPacs

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know: I told you I wasn’t writing anything about the looney Republican primaries. But then Newt finished up in Florida charging Obama with defunding Kosher meals for Jewish nursing home patients, Mitt was moved to sing “America the Beautiful” obscenely off-key, and we may have finally discovered a sure-fire way of curing the maldistribution of wealth in our country.

Honestly, Newt Gingrich could screw up a free lunch — you give him a free bowl of grits and he chokes on it.  And Mitt Romney? (More)

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June 20, 2011

My addiction and rehab confession

To those of you who’ve suffered because I haven’t filed any commentaries for the past few weeks, my sincere apologies.  I’ve been involved in treatment for an addiction involving unacceptable behavior with more than two dozen women and men over the last four decades, for which I take full responsibility.  As a part of my therapy, I’m required to reveal the details to as many friends and colleagues as possible, so with the permission and forgiveness of my family, here is my story. (More)

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February 15, 2011

Tips for the Egyptian Junta

Yo, Generals!  If you want to head off the Moslem Brotherhood and at the same time ease the rolling tide of rebellion by industrial workers, police officers, ambulance drivers, reporters, academics and Allah knows who else, then here’s a gargantuan tip: issue a new “Emergency Order” establishing a decent minimum wage, providing healthcare for all, and guaranteeing the right of workers to join unions. (More)

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February 6, 2011

Snowtime Code of Conduct

After enduring two winters of uncontrolled snow behavior, I am herewith proposing the following Code of Conduct for all District of Columbia residents. 

 *  4-wheel drive vehicles: Seeing two parking spaces, one iced in, one cleared, take cleared space.

 *  If your dog poops in the snow, do not pick it up until the snow is fully melted.

 *  Avert eye contact with older people and/or women who are trying to dig out their cars. (More)

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October 2, 2009

Polanski: Words Vs. Deeds

There it was again, this time in a takeout by Brooks Barnes in the arts section of the New York Times on October 1, that weasel-word phrase “ having had sex with a 13-year old girl.” The word “rape” didn’t appear until deep into the story, and then only from the lips of a couple of French cabinet members. I’d heard a similar “having had sex with” reference the day before on the radio, ditto for articles in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal earlier in the week. Did she “have sex” with Roman Polanski, or was she savagely raped?

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May 13, 2009

$25 Theatre Tickets In NYC?

Old Gus Bevona would have been turning over in his grave, only he ain’t dead yet. There we were, rocking out to Motown sounds in the auditorium he’d built as a tribute to himself and using it instead to honor a young Indian woman who’s organized 11,900 New York City cab drivers, and a businessman who thinks we should deny pension and health care benefits to members of Congress until they guarantee all of us the same. The Hitsville show was emceed by Paul Butler and delivered exquisitely by musicians Ivan Bodley, James Dower, and Joe Goretti, and vocalists Bobby Harden, Michael James Leslie, Sherryl Marshall and Alice Tan Ridely (got to give credits in this business). But the real superstars of the evening were Bhairavi Desai, Tom Mackell, Jr. and Working Theater, an organization with a mission to produce plays for and about working people and charge $25 a pop for admission. (More)

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