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Dept. of Doggerel: The Donald and His Health

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Mogul There once was a mogul from Manhattan, Who took an aspirin each day with his statin, Junk food he did like, As he watched his waistline spike, Till one day the scale he did flatten.  

Prop Her Up, Ice Her Down

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Weekend at Hillary’s Mrs. Clinton said she did not reveal the Pneumonia diagnosis because she did not think “it was a big deal.” Then, some liberal bloggers came along to say it isn’t a big deal. Imagine yourself sitting on the examining table in your doctor’s office when she or he strides in, test results […]

Sex-Dolled 9/11

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What Does It Say About Us? The media is awash this weekend with images of a group of grown men lounging and preening at the New York 9/11 Memorial taking “selfies” with a female “sex doll” in tow. Reports suggest that it was Brits on a “stag-do”,  a.k.a. bachelor party outing, as if that explained […]

Health: Facebook Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The “Faces” of FTSD There I was, fidgeting anxiously in my shrink’s waiting room, thumbing through magazines, nervous for the session to start, but also afraid of where the conversation might go. I had been struggling for months with anxiety and paralyzing panic attacks, unaware of the cause of my deepening distress or even that […]

Books: Lincoln’s Citadel

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The President, the City and the War The museum shop at the National Archives has to be just about the best in a city with some pretty cool ones. They seem to have something for everyone. There with a group of eighth-graders recently, I made an impulsive purchase of a book because it was about […]

Act of Honor: Flags

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The Cemetery, final resting place for tens-of-thousands who died in service to America, is arresting in its beauty. Away from the Tomb and the Amphitheater, the tall trees quietly and gracefully cast swaying shadows on markers of memory, an invitation to reflect on unknown acts of valor. Those valorous acts, from battles past, complete with […]

Guiding: Tulips at the Tomb

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, Arlington National Cemetery

Beauty All Around: Arlington Cemetery

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It’s crisp this week in Washington and the flowers are looking their best. Tulips and pansies ringing the Cemetery Amphitheater steps from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

Just Don’t Bed The Young White Chicks

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Mandingo Invasion The state of Maine is in the thrall of a serious opiate epidemic.  In a state with less population than the borough of Manhattan they are experiencing an average of five overdose deaths every week. But Governor Paul LePage used his bully pulpit this week to sound the cry against the real culprit: […]

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

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This birthday week I like to recall the number of times my worst case scenario has ever actually happened. Perpetual worry is the mental equivalent of moving a pile of rocks from one point to another and back. It never ends and nothing is ever accomplished. In my case it’s probably from a feeling of […]

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