Tag Archives: American Exceptionalism

Present at the Apocalypse

Imagine being a rather sedentary retired old man in his seventies with severe COPD and severe sleep apnea and mild heart issues and osteoporosis too (don’t fall over, damn it) living alone in Hollywood, quietly, but not unhappily, doing photography … Continue reading

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Lost In a Blizzard of Words

Americans like to have a general idea of what’s going on. It’s comforting. It settles the nerves in troubling times. Americans elect a president to settle their nerves, to let them in on the general idea of what the country … Continue reading

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The Fourth Inventory

Everyone knows the Fourth of July is for picnics and parades and fireworks. It’s not a heavy holiday – the days when some local politician would give an “inspiriting” speech in the park are long gone. People wave flags. That’ll … Continue reading

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Whistling Past

Whistling past the graveyard can mean one of two things – you know the situation, things are dire, and you’re trying to keep your spirits up, but you know you’re going to die. That’s why you’re whistling. Whistling keeps you … Continue reading

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That Background Noise

Perhaps the Republicans will figure out what to do about Donald Trump – or perhaps there’ll be a final showdown where Trump demands that Jeb Bush divorce his Mexican wife and disown his half-breed children or get out of the … Continue reading

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Four Times Sixty-Eight

Hang around long enough and you get jaded, or maybe simply tired. It’s that way with baby boomers, those of us who have seen sixty-eight Fourth of Julys go by. We had fathers who fought in World War II and … Continue reading

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A Personal Note

It was December 14 in Paris almost fifteen years ago, cold and dark at dawn, followed by heavy rain, and I was bleary-eyed from staying up all night watching CNN-International in the hotel room. Somewhere in the middle of the … Continue reading

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