Category: custom and tradition

Will Trump's iconoclasm change the unwritten rules of the presidency?

  To the norms of his job Trump refuses adherence; Like revoking John Brennan’s security clearance. Let us hope that tradition Survives its attrition And the norms will return upon Trump’s disappearance.

Mr. Comey, admit it. Your choice was political.

There are those who praise Comey’s sincerity; But his actions lacked balance and clarity. It’s a hoot and a joke That in her case he spoke, But in Trump’s case he lacked the temerity.

Trump's gag rule stifles democracy

  I’m beginning to think Mr. Trump is afraid Of freedom of press and of those in the trade. He won’t have news sessions To answer their questions For fear that he’ll step on the land mines he’s laid.     SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!

Trump's rhetoric puts mankind itself in jeopardy

  “It remains unclear how Trump will behave after his inauguration, but his tweets and actions during the transition leave plenty of room for misunderstandings both domestically and diplomatically.” []   At the times now when peace and good will are unfurled, We know wisdom must guide every word  stitched and purled. Let it be... Read more »

GOP asks Hillary if she's a Socialist: Hello! We're all Socialists.

  Hillary haters are milling new grist They’re labeling her a crypto-Socialist. But Social Security And Medicare surety Are programs on which all the voters  insist.  

We don't need an epidemic of Santas

{The following verse came about after I read “Too Many Santas” by ChicagoNow blogger One Bad Mom]   There’re far too many Santa Clauses Shilling  for commercial bosses. The spirit of Christmas is in ourselves And doesn’t depend on roundabout elves.

The Cubs? "Something will happen. Something always happens."

  “So much longing, so much yearning, so much suffering. Cubs fans know what these fresh Cubs players do not. Something will happen. Something always happens. Every Cubs season ends so quietly you can hear a tear drop.” [Bernie Lincicome in today’s Chicago Tribune sports section]   The Cubs are expected to play sudden death;... Read more »

To those (like Bonnie McGrath) who still lament the demotion of Pluto

  I wrote this after reading the following in Bonnie McGrath’s ChicagoNow blog, Mom, I think I’m poignant:  “So Clyde [Tombaugh]  and his story have always been a family story for us. When Pluto was downgraded from planet to dwarf planet, it stung our whole family.  My mother cried.”   Though it’s true no one’s... Read more »

The Scents of a Handshake

[Why do people shake hands? A new Weizmann Institute study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other’s odors.]   When I shake your hand,  it is A custom used to tell you “So glad to meet you.” Only this. And not a way to smell you.... Read more »