Tag Archives: Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

The Shape of Things to Come

If you had wanted to know what was going to happen from 1933 through 2106 you would have read H. G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come – in 1933 of course. Most of that book is silly, but … Continue reading

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The Midnight Cliff

Out here on the West Coast each New Year’s Eve is a bit surreal – on CNN you can watch the ball drop in Times Square at nine in the evening, or you can wait to watch that at midnight, … Continue reading

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The Eve of the Eve

Some days are inherently unsatisfactory. In fact, there’s not even a name for them, like the eve of New Year’s Eve, the day before that odd day that ends in all the parties and that business in Times Square. The … Continue reading

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Always About Something Else

Some things go without saying but perhaps need to be said anyway. Never date a psychotherapist. Sure, she was a tall and elegant redhead, and nicely British, but somehow everything was always about something else. No one wants to be … Continue reading

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The Dead Week

You didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas. No one really ever does. Little girls don’t get that pony, or at least most little girls don’t. Little boys don’t get that semi-automatic assault rifle with a case full of thirty-round … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

After a life well-lived retirement can be mighty fine. After a curious life filled with strangeness and the unexpected, enjoyed and endured and savored and bitter far too many times, it’s just curious. It also seems flat, even here in … Continue reading

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Confused and Ashamed and Desperate

It’ll happen again this year – it always does. Retailers make big money off those last-minute Christmas shoppers. Those are the folks who’ll pay top dollar, or more, on Christmas Eve, even for something that’s only close enough to the … Continue reading

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