08 Dec

Morally Correct Commuter — An Aerobic Day

Much business dispatched me from the far reaches of Fairfax to the heart of the Seat of Power this week.    Having planned ahead for just such an event, I had a roundtrip VRE, a commuter railroad operating from Union Station where we honor Christopher Columbus with a circle outside and have...

02 Dec

The Day Virginia Hanged John Brown

The painting is famous, but John Brown never did kiss a black child before he was hanged.   Today is the anniversary of John Brown’s execution in Charles Town, Virginia [at the time]. For  almost 160 years, this collision of facts,  fancy, characters and actions have had an impact...

01 Dec

‘Trust Us’ in All Matters of Justice

The commission in session hearing the case of the men and woman charged in killing President Abraham Lincoln.  The proceeding was not a trial, very different rules apply.  The United States still employs military commissions in terrorist cases involving foreign nationals.   I read with great interest this morning...

25 Nov

Reaching for the Stars in a Newport News Newsroom

I laughed this morning when I came upon this NYT story on horoscope writers. [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/24/nyregion/astrology-horoscope-writing.htm] In the ancient days when the postal service delivered slick sheets to newspaper offices with syndicated feature material [how quaint and ancient are the words in that phrase], the scheduled arrival of Sydney Omarr’s...

24 Nov

The Morally Correct Commuter — Returns

    The choice was clear, drive to DuPont Circle from the reaches of Fairfax County, pay for parking, return in rush-hour darkness sans any passengers, listening to “All Things Considered” when stuck trying to get across the 14th Street Bridge and then crawling up Shirley Highway or use...

30 Oct

A Dope Fiend’s Take on Biography

‘Unprovoked Abuse and Senseless Eulogy’   A Dope Fiend’s Take on Biography     “Biography, a trade in the silliest anecdotes, in unprovoked abuse and senseless eulogy,” that quote certainly caught my eye the other night, having spent more time than I care to admit trying to write  some...

24 Oct

What’s Going On? American Soldiers in Niger

The brouhaha between the president and the young widow of an American soldier killed in Niger, who died along with three other Special Forces in the same operation, over what was said, how it was said, how it was understood, what was meant, etc., in what should have been...

13 Oct

Rediscovering The Man Who Was The Stuff of Legend

Years before there was David Crockett but about the same time as Daniel Boone [both played by Fess Parker on TV and whom I met in the lobby of Tribune Tower as a high schooler], there was George Rogers Clark.  And to me as a boy, he was a...

08 Oct

How I Turned the Nationals’ Fate Around from My Sofa

I have a witness to how I turned the Nationals around last night. Now, Lillian cannot be compelled to testify against me in court [or at least the story line goes].  She can state I said as Adam Lind was coming in to pinch hit in the eighth, “We...

08 Oct

Revels at L’Auberge Chez Francois

Chef Jacques Haeringer demonstrates how to prepare  Pate in Puff Pastry, Beef Bourguignon and creating a Maple Tulip Shell. Funny, to-the-point, and tips where  to find some of what’s needed in the frozen or prepared food sections of regular grocery stores. Better yet, then 50 of us sat down...

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