Culture, Family, Love, Politics

Just a Daughter’s Memories: Nigeria 1959

March is a problematic month for me, being one of those two or three in the year in which anniversaries and memories--those both deleriously joyous and desperately sad--seem to congregate and coalesce in an inescapable, and sometimes overwhelming, swarm.  My granddaughter's birthday. Our dinner of grace and the death of Mr. Right's first wife.  "Fifteen… Continue reading Just a Daughter’s Memories: Nigeria 1959

Entertainment, Movies and TV, Plain Speaking

Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…

I was saddened to read this morning that you are “still triggered and traumatized” over Will Smith’s behavior on Oscar night.  (Apparently –whoever you are–you’re important enough that the mere utterance of such absurd drama queenery  causes media folks to snap to attention and report it.) So sorry that you’ve been victimized this way, and that… Continue reading Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…

Culture, Plain Speaking, Politics

A Meditation on Russian Birds Brides and the Men Who Love Want Them

I don't know how many of you follow Bari Weiss, but I find her to be pretty insightful.  She's an extraordinarily bright and accomplished woman with a fascinating and--as the children like to say--'impactful' life, who's best known today only for her most recent high-profile move in which she resigned from the New York Times… Continue reading A Meditation on Russian Birds Brides and the Men Who Love Want Them

Culture, Plain Speaking, Politics, War

The Simple Things

More than five years ago (November 2016, just before the election), I wrote this post on Ricochet.  I've not posted it here yet, but today I do. A headline in today's Telegraph: "A Shell Crushed the Family Next Door." Memories. For Ukraine.  And the glory of the simple things.   I spent several hours this… Continue reading The Simple Things

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Love

Amazing Grace–A Lenten Post

During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world were discussing whether any one belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for… Continue reading Amazing Grace–A Lenten Post


Hot Stuff: “Something,” or perhaps I mean “It”

Sheesh, Dame Shirley.  Put a sock in it, please. I was quite critical of Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger performance at the 2013 Academy Awards, although it received much affirmation from the critics at the time.  As did her last night's performance of Diamonds are Forever at the BAFTAs. But I'd really rather remember her as she was,… Continue reading Hot Stuff: “Something,” or perhaps I mean “It”

Plain Speaking

Trouble in Paradise

Many decades ago (college actually, so about five) I had a friend who'd blurt out this phrase anytime something which had been going--to all appearances--rather swimmingly suddenly went sideways.  Sometimes it was a relationship dust-up.  Sometimes it was a class in which he'd been doing rather well, and then--suddenly--he wasn't.  Or a job he'd liked,… Continue reading Trouble in Paradise