Posts in category "Guns"

The Empty-ish House; an ode to leaving Chicago

Sherlock Holmes’s Adventures of the Empty House were his return. For me and we after almost a dozen years lived in Chicago, the empty-ish house it is a parting of the ways with the South Loop and with the wider City of Chicago. No longer will I contact my Alderman Pat Dowell on behalf of... Read more »

Stations of the Cross, the GOP Road to The White House

With their eyes on the prize of The White House, the declared and expected to declare Republican candidates have begun their mandatory peregrination to the various Stations of the GOP Cross to power. If this sounds like the Roman Catholic stations of the cross, it’s stunningly similar. How else could GOP candidates prove their conservative... Read more »

Everything is Weirder in Texas

If the south is said to be noted for it’s hospitality, the southwest state called Texas is known for its weirdness.  They even sell an overpriced tee shirt saying so at the Austin Airport. I thought I knew Texas. Hadn’t I done middle and high school in the always soggy, car-centric Houston, Texas in the... Read more »

A Modest Proposal* by 2nd Amendment Gun Absolutists

A Modest Proposal *by 2nd Amendment Absolutists Stand your ground. Thanks to Uncle ALEC and the deep pocketed gun lobbyists of the NRA and the gun absolutists of the Gun Owners of America, under the Castle doctrine  it is legal to shoot first and ask questions later. So if ever one of those other types... Read more »

Cities Under Attack by Gun Toting Yahoos; or Why to Boycott the USA

Guns, bloody deadly guns again. I thought after Columbine, America would get it. We didn’t. I thought after Aurora CO. I knew after Newtown CT. Nope. Not enough ripped apart children paid with their short lives to fill the coffers of the gun lobbyists at the NRA. More the NRA cried, more guns.  So now three American Yahoos... Read more »

Trayvon Martin; Why Race Still Matters in America

While Chief Justice John Roberts may believe we’ve gotten past race in America, the trial of George Zimmerman for his confessed shooting of Trayvon Martin demonstrates; we haven’t. Each of us still carry the loaded luggage of our assumptions about the others. There is the assumption that a young person, a young person of a... Read more »

Save Our Children

Count me in as one mother and grandmother, who doesn’t want the call closer than Newtown was. The friend in a nearby town who attended a funeral of a child–my grandson’s age. It could have been her grandchild, or mine. Or yours. The friend who attended a candlelight vigil in another neighboring town. What will... 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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