On Morning Pages and Artist’s Dates

At the end of January of this year, I read a New Yorker interview conducted by Rachel Syme with Julia Cameron. I knew about Julia Cameron because my late wife Jenny loved her book “The Artist’s Way,” which was published in the early 1990’s. The book spoke to her, and she worked with the program on and… Continue reading On Morning Pages and Artist’s Dates

The Coronavirus and Friendship

In recent weeks, many people have been losing friends, questioning their friends’ morals, or finding their friendships strained because friends are taking social distancing less seriously than they are."Friends Are Breaking Up Over Social Distancing" Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, April 2020 The excellent Atlantic article quoted above is about how people are ending friendships over… Continue reading The Coronavirus and Friendship

The Hardest Thing about Growing Older

I listen to a lot of podcasts these days. Even shows that are shows meant for radio, such as most NPR podcasts, are podcast-ified radio shows. "This American Life," "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," Alex Baldwin's "Here's the Thing" are all radio shows that also have a supporting podcast. But I don't listen to the… Continue reading The Hardest Thing about Growing Older

The Democratic Party Should Learn from FDR

Democrats should learn and read FDR rather than just ape his program names. FDR's acceptance speech at the 1936 convention is amazing - and you can see why he was elected to four terms. In this speech, he lays out the case that while we won political freedom in 1776, the then-current fight in 1936… Continue reading The Democratic Party Should Learn from FDR


From the Washington Post this morning (March 21, 2017): Trump didn’t lie, Jeffrey Lord says on CNN. He just speaks a different language — ‘Americanese.’ What an outright admission of Trump sending "dog whistles" to his base of supporters. When I read this this morning, I thought of other "Americanese" expressions that Trump has been spouting: "Make… Continue reading “Americanese”