Relief day

Relief day, Wednesday 25 March, 2020. Even the Magpies know it! It's been exactly two weeks (Wednesday, 11 March, 2020) since doomsday. That was the day "When The World Stops", according to Time magazine's "Special Report: COVID-19" (vol.195.no 11.2020). Errg. My mood has never been this high (8.5 on my mood scale), since I can't remember … Continue reading Relief day

Life and death matters, part II

Life and death matters, part II will focus on the current and on going health crisis. Because what's more important than your health. Right? Rising is my favorite source of news and current affairs. I especially enjoy Krystal Ball's take on matters of life and death - which is today's current health crisis. If the … Continue reading Life and death matters, part II

The worried well

The worried well was a phrase I heard today. It was used to describe what appears to be much of the American population in regards to the current reported viral pandemic. As of yet there is little evidence that the virus posses a threat beyond that of any mild illness. In other words, for most … Continue reading The worried well

Welcome to the real world

Welcome to the real world, Krystal Ball, Robert Wright, Bernie Sanders, and y'all of the Foke Woke. What happened on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, shocked the world. Make that the Foke Woke world. Here's a summary: The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the latest virus outbreak a global pandemic. Congress grilled officials from the Center … Continue reading Welcome to the real world

The Foke Woke, part II

This note's for for you Elizabeth Warren, and all the rest of you Foke Woke. Neil Young's  song This note's for you, on his 1988 album "Neil Young and the Blue Notes", mocks pretension. Which, I have to say, defines the Foke Woke population. The song takes dead aim at the advertising industry and corporations. Moreover, … Continue reading The Foke Woke, part II

Failing to learn from losing

Failing to learn from losing is a chapter title in my recent book Election 2016: The Great Divide, The Great Debate. Actually a partial title. The full title is "A Sobering Weekend: Failing to Learn from Losing" (pg. 109). Last night's Democratic debate reminded me of that chapter. The sub-title is, "April 12, 2016". Empathy is just … Continue reading Failing to learn from losing

The Magpie Cafe, part II

Yesterday, two days after Valentine's Day, I walked when the weather had warmed. The usual - past the site of the future Magpie Cafe - and lo, the birds had begun nesting behavior - repairing winter damage, preening and posing, chatting, and yes - kissing. Call me crazy for asking, but how do they know? The … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe, part II

Snowbound, screens, & self care

On the cusp of the New Hampshire primary, here in Colorado I've been snowbound. It has snowed six of the last eight days. Back-in-the-day (forty-nine years ago to the day), such a barrage of snow would not have fazed me. In fact it would have invigorated me. Then, I was living in a cabin in … Continue reading Snowbound, screens, & self care