Category: Guns

Before Donald J. Trump, Ecuador's Flirtation with a Clown President

Before there was America’s clown president, Donald J. Trump, there was Ecuador’s almost clown president, Abdala Bucaram Ortiz. Brothers from different mothers, these boys? Both shamelessly aspired to fame via infamy, for bad press was far worse than no press; Both admired, emulated and cozied up to authoritarians; Both trawled the bottom of humanity for support; Both... Read more »

Once Upon a Kidnapping in Guayaquil

Moving to a new country is always the same. The husband goes to yet another office; as my darling mother-in-law Bea said, an office is an office. The kids go to a new school where they hope to find new friends. And I, as the left behind spouse, am home, alone. Very, very much alone.... Read more »

Guns = Deaths

Too many bullets shot from too many guns tear through the bodies of American citizenry at mass shootings every 9 out of 10 days. That’s just the mass shootings. Las Vegas was just another shooting, albeit on a industrial slaughter scale. America’s version of a supersized gun massacre. We’re NUMBER ONE! Therefore I propose the NRA’s... Read more »
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Get the hell out of Chicago, before you're a gunshot statistic (that is, if counted)

Finally pulling up big girl knickers to read Elie Wiesel’s legendary autobiographical book “Night”, one portion stabbed my memory like an icicle to my heart. The remembrance of his father who would not or could not move from the darkening violence that was coming. Violence that came to be called, The Holocaust. Memory is slippery,... Read more »

The Gun Shots Heard Round the World; Death the American Way

The 50 dead (so far) in Orlando from the latest and greatest number of dead from a USA mass shooting shows in dying red that America is Number One in something! Mass murders. We’ve made America Great Again, at something. Aren’t we proud? Where are the cheers of the Trump-inistas, “We’re Number ONE, We’re number ONE”? Pay... Read more »

What's the matter with the USA? (Psst. It's become 3rd rate, 3rd World)

As we enter Memorial Day weekend and American brains shift into SUMMER mode (especially in Western Massachusetts where the weather has an unusual fever of 90F as of today), can we discuss what’s not working in the USA besides US Congress starring Speaker Paul Ryan’s GOP? How about the news reports of the TSA lines... Read more »
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North Carolina Papers Please Y'all Law; or Boys Protecting the Girls

Just when I thought I could visit my Swedish friend in North Carolina, the state lawmakers went out of their numskull ways to prove the stereotype of stupid Southern bigot. Thanks to them and Governor Pat “Papers Please” McCrory, anyone wanting to use public restrooms has to use the genetically assigned birth one. According to... Read more »

Marie Kondo, Chicago and me; change where you live and change your life

Massachusetts is different from Illinois. For one thing, it’s easier to misspell. And I clearly do that having never learned how to spell it with that same rap-like rhyme of my elementary school days, “M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I.” And yes, my blog title is misspelled, but that was purposeful. In 2014 when I downsized a la Marie Kondo’s... Read more »

10 Days of Chicago Christmas; or 10 Reasons to Leave the Burg

Why would one leave Chicago? Let me count the reasons….and why I’ll sadly take my taxes to pay them in Massachusetts where the government invests in the citizenry. Yes Kristin. The public schools of 8-9-and-10 stars of 10 are actually funded! 1. The gunshot in front of our house Christmas night. Never reported by the... Read more »
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Sustainability and the Death of Satire

In a three-tier theatre in the United Kingdom in a town known as Kingston (on-the-Thames to, as one comic said, make the town terms sound “posher”)–I sat with a young, University crowd to watch a very-English version of The Comedy Store. As ever, it brought to mind more questions than answers. The musings of a... Read more »
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    I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew my father had accepted a job in Houston TX. I was ecstatic, it was a foreign land in 1961 America. After high school graduation, my parents’ gave me a matched set of fawn-colored hardsided American Tourister luggage. Taking the hint, I went to college; well four colleges in five years--it was the 60s after all. Meeting a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, I fell in love. After finishing up college coursework for my degree, but before I even walking a graduation stage, I grabbed the paper airline ticket my boyfriend had sent me, my brand-new passport, and was off to the airport and Lima, Peru.

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