Category Archives: history

The Presidents, Ranked

I like making lists. It's fun. It also forces a lot of critical thinking and soul-searching. Why rank Thing A over Thing B? How does one judge greatness–by quality or personal connection? Can I explain my choices as more than … Continue reading

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Smile, Chuck! (Day 25, 2017)

Day 25 of National Poetry Writing Month. Smile, Chuck! Someone is taking a picture freezing this moment  for millions who have never and will never be in the room with you but who want to understand why so many love  and … Continue reading

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Easter Poem (Day 16, 2017)

Today is the sixteenth day of NaPoWriMo. Easter Poem There were twelve apostles which, let’s be honest, is too many people to consider them all  close friends.  Someone will eventually feel  under-appreciated  and go elsewhere. The Messiah knew someone was getting … Continue reading

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For Mia, Whom I Love (Day 15, 2017)

My daughter Mia, adopted eight years ago today, will be nine in June. For Mia, Whom I Love You won’t remember it but your first post-adoption  poop happened while we napped on the sofa in suite 1504 of the Somerset … Continue reading

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Bad Reviews (Day 14, 2017)

Today is the fourteenth day of National Poetry Writing Month.  It is also the 152nd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Bad Reviewa John Wilkes Booth  couldn’t resist showing off, couldn’t just shoot a guy and run. No, he had to jump  … Continue reading

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Reflects on His Life (Day 13, 2017)

The thirteenth day of National Poetry Writing Month. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Reflects on His Life I don’t lie.   Sure, I may exaggerate reality, misdirect my interrogators, muddy the  waters, confuse the issue, conflate examples, construct and  attack … Continue reading

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What the Pond Claimed (Day 7, 2017)

Because today is the seventh day of National Poetry Writing Month, we were asked to write about luck. What the Pond Claimed It was rare for there to be ice on the surface of my parents’ pond, but it had been … Continue reading

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