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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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We gotta stop eMailing

Dear Mika —

Given current events, I think it best that we stop using eMail to communicate.  My fear is that some people (namely my wife and grandchildren) might not understand our relationship if either one us (most likely you) ever became the object of an investigation by the CIA, the FBI,  NATO, or the ACLU. (More)

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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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July 18, 2012

Bryce Harper, POTUS

So New Jersey’s gate-mouth Governor is going to keynote the GOP convention?  So the President gets caught giving his wife a smooch at a basketball game?  So for the 400th consecutive day, Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns?  Who cares?  We’ve got baseball! (More)

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July 3, 2012

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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June 13, 2012

My Mother the Truck

Remember Stella?  No, not Marlon Brando’s Stella in Streetcar Named Desire.  I’m talking about my mother, Stella Eulalia Moore Abernathy, scourge of the Canton (Georgia) Nursing Center. Remember what I wrote last year as she was celebrating her final Mother’s Day? Turns out I was wrong (as usual) and she was right (as usual).  She amazed us all by grinding out another twelve months, then taking a neat star turn by chatting us up on her 94th birthday before giving in to pneumonia two weeks later. (More)

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December 5, 2011

Occupying Teddy Roosevelt

Max and I are taking a romp in Central Park this morning when we overhear a super-spandexed lady of a certain age chatting up a much younger man walking three dogs.  “The first act was stunning and the stage went dark and there was, you know, like a long pause.  Then suddenly a rich baritone voice boomed out from backstage, ‘Occupy Wall Street!’ The audience loved it, but I don’t think it was actually part of the play.”  I give her a thumbs up and Max breaks into a dog-grin.   Is this a great city or what? (More)

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August 24, 2011

Cicadas in Our Midst: Palin-Perry-Bachmann-Paul/PLUS Kudos to Ron Bloom

With the Dow-Jones marginally positive for the second day in a row, I’m coming out of my bunker. The bad news of today isn’t financial, it’s that Ron Bloom is leaving the White House this afternoon after 2 ½ years of sacrificing his family in favor of his country.  The good news is that the Cicadas have returned to Washington to remind us how the likes of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Sarah Palin make a huge contribution to the health of our political ecosystem. (More)

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August 9, 2011

My First NYC Triathlon

SUNDAY MORNING. It was my first NYC Triathlon — a 1.5K swim in the Hudson River, 40K bike race up to the Moshulu Parkway and back, then a 10K run, most of it Central Park, where the streets were knotted early with clapping, chanting onlookers.  The first runners were powering into the park at 72nd Street and Central Park West. I was sweating buckets and my legs were beginning to cramp. (More)

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August 4, 2011

Obama: Out of patent purgatory

Obviously weary of detractors alleging he’s bereft of big ideas, President Obama responded to passage of debt control legislation by pledging to fight for Patent Reform so “we can cut the red tape that stops too many inventors and entrepreneurs from quickly turning new ideas into thriving businesses.”  I called the White House and asked for a list of innovations now languishing in patent purgatory and discovered several with profound policy and political implications: (More)

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