Talking to myself during the pandemic

Here we sit, a few days before the presidential election, and seven months into the pandemic. While I talk to myself all the time, I never thought I’d be talking to myself during a pandemic, and never thought I’d spend so much time talking to myself about politics and race and the state of the country. But there you have it. The very foundations of America have never been threatened […]

Dear moderate Democrats, help me understand

This 72 year old grandmother has always been a moderate, voting both for Republicans and Democrats alike, depending on who was currently the least loony; I even voted for Reagan once, I’m sorry to say. I liked being a moderate; it had a nice aura of calmness and rationality about it. But that’s all over now. I have no idea what’s going on with today’s crop of moderate Democrats. So […]

Hey Dems, you need to dump those guys!

NOTE: I wrote this before the ravaging of the nation’s Capital 😡 It is ever so much more important now that the insurrectionists get prosecuted, and that goes double for their co-conspirators in Congress. The Democrats in Congress are in an abusive relationship with a large group of their governing partners, but they may not realize the precise nature of that relationship. We’re here to help with a tale about […]

Thank God for MLK

As a person of Irish descent, I would just like to say, God bless Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. America has been blessed to have his leadership and his embrace of non-violence. If you don’t think that matters, take a look at what happened in Ireland. The Troubles started in Northern Ireland when I was in high school, and I’ve always been amazed we haven’t seen the like over here. […]

Aunt Theresa yells at Andrew Cuomo and Amy Coney Barrett

I’ve said a million times that most of the problems of the world could be settled by my Aunt Theresa sitting at her kitchen table with whatever miscreants were acting out at the time. Today we have Governor Andrew Cuomo and Justice Amy Coney Barrett, both just off a Supreme Court kerfuffle about closing churches during the pandemic. So Aunt Theresa and the two are in the kitchen … Now […]

White Privilege? A Chicago Immigrant Story

This is from a couple of months ago, and actually did start out in a conversation with a neighbor rather than with me talking to myself. It might be an article one day when it grows up. My friend Regina has seen a few Chicago neighborhoods come and go in here time, starting with her Polish one in Bridgeport during the Depression, and on through many others she has lived […]

My letter to Rosalie

Rosalie was the first one to see the author in me (actually the first one to see much of anything in me), and thus had a big influence on my life. I treasured her correspondence and still have a couple dozen of her letters. This is an almost 25 year old letter from my younger self to Sister Rosalie, my high school creative writing teacher. At the time, in February […]

Bernie, were you lonely all those years?

So it’s the Friday before the presidential election, and I spent the evening watching a Zoom fundraiser for the Squad Victory Fund, the Squad being the congresswomen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, with special guests and entertainers popping in and out as the night went on. The ladies were pumped, hanging out from their homes in their matching Squad t-shirts, talking […]