Family Relationships, Politics

Children of Sacrifice

I was listening to the West Wing Weekly podcast on my way to work this morning, as I do. In episode 2.13, they speak with Don Baer, former White House Communications Director in the real-life Clinton White House. He quotes a line from a speech he wrote for President Bill Clinton, given at the US… Continue reading Children of Sacrifice

Family Relationships, Loss and Grieving, Politics

3:00 AM; November 9, 2016

I went to sleep when my candidate suggested that we do so. I can understand her not wanting us to be awake to bear witness to the hour in which she conceded this election to a reality television show star. But, I woke up a few hours later and couldn't help it. I refreshed the… Continue reading 3:00 AM; November 9, 2016

Family Relationships, Loss and Grieving, Love & Relationships, Memoirs

Ritual

Her shoulders are hunched as she takes each knock-kneed baby step toward the kitchenette, using her french-manicured and liver-spotted hands to steady herself on any furniture she passes along the way. I offer to help, but no. She won't allow it. I sit back and send an email to work that I'll be late this… Continue reading Ritual

Family Relationships, Politics

Walls of Jericho

But my life turned out okay, didn't it? That's the answer I'd expect from some people after I write the post I want to write. This wouldn't be the response I'd get from the people who already "get it." It would be from the ones who regularly refute the premise, but for some reason, they'd… Continue reading Walls of Jericho

Family Relationships, Love & Relationships, Politics

A message for the disenfranchised conservatives

My brother spends more time with my dad by virtue of having kids. My niece and nephew see their grandparents at least once a week when they're in town, and even if they're not in town, they're face-timing and on the phone from afar. I, only having cats, do not have the responsibility of ensuring… Continue reading A message for the disenfranchised conservatives