Monthly Archives: April 2012

That Slow Fade to Black

Sunday, April 22 – and the June Gloom arrives in Los Angeles a few months early – that all day marine layer of light fog with three or four minutes of watery sunshine breaking through in late afternoon, followed by … Continue reading

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The War That Is or Isn’t

Okay, the year started off badly for the Republicans. A new provision of the healthcare law kicked in – any healthcare plan offered by employers now had to include family planning provisions, for women, which included birth control pills or … Continue reading

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Gun to the Head

Back in the early seventies the Doobie Brothers had a bit of a hit with their song China Grove – about a sleepy little Southern town, but in Texas, which is only sort of the South. But that’s okay as … Continue reading

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On Learning Cynicism

Maybe the idea is to have as many experiences as possible – we’re all here for a relatively short time and you don’t want to miss anything. The winter rain in Paris each year is fine, or so Hemingway would … Continue reading

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News and Nonsense

There are slow news days, where there are no new big issues, and no sudden reversals in old issues, when the news folks try to deepen their coverage of what’s going on in the nation, and lose audience. Everyone has … Continue reading

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Leadership in the Absence of Followers

Out here in Los Angeles it’s been an odd year for the Lakers, for those who follow basketball. The superstars – Kobe and the rest – are getting old. It’s a young man’s game. And Phil Jackson is gone – … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Work Never Done

One way to bore a vital and enthusiastic young person to tears is to talk about the Good Old Days – or if they weren’t so good, the Old Days. No, no stories about how you had to walk five … Continue reading

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