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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 […]

9/11: The Box Cutters

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Our Selfie Culture Jerry Casale, aging rocker, married Kristi Napp on the 14th anniversary of September 11th in an event which included  the Twin Towers as wedding cakes and box cutters as keepsakes. Thus, the death of 3,000 people becomes the amusing backdrop for Hollywood nuptials. What would Tish Baldridge think? We are at that […]

Terror Strikes the Hilton

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Appeared From Nowhere I live five minutes from the Washington Hilton, site of the attempted assassination on Ronald Reagan in 1981. The hotel has a heated Olympic-size pool open six months of the year and I have a membership as swimming has replaced running as my primary means of fitness. Last night I wandered over […]

London: Kumar’s Cup of Coffee

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Tale of the Idiot American First, a weather report, especially for my east coast friends:  65 degrees with the sun in and out of the clouds, just cool enough to need a light jacket. Sorry, I had to do that. I returned to the hotel at about 6PM and happened to notice that the coffee […]

London (D3): Soane’s, Surgery, Dr. Sam and a Look at the Thames

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John Soane, Architect My friend David Barbour suggested I see the home of John Soane, a 19th-century architect who lived in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane collected Roman antiquities partly as teaching aides for students when Rome was off limits for military reasons. Today, the house is a museum by act of Parliament. It may be […]

Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Three’s a Party: A Very Lusty Lord

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“I Want to be Led Astray” We Americans have an imperfect and  overly proper view of Brits perhaps influenced by their wonderful way of speaking and all that royal pomp. After all, how could anyone speaking like that be naughty? Well. Lord Sewel, a.k.a., Baron Sewel of Gilcomstoun, helps us understand. The Baron is a bit […]

Guiding: Philip Keeps It Real

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The Old Group Photo One of the joys of guiding, especially 8th-grade school groups, is the apparently mandatory group photos taken in front of Washington attractions, both major and minor. The phrase “herding cats” doesn’t even approach the task of attracting the attention of 50 kids to have them form in some mass likely to […]

On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics

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“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”                                     Justice Anthony Kennedy  Twenty-five years from now folks will look back on this week’s Supreme Court Decision declaring marriage for gays a fundamental right and say, “How could they […]

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