Buying the Place With Beads

Years ago now–and apropos of nothing–I wrote a poem that began like so: I long to linger among the Hmong; how I hunger to hear their tongue! These nonsense poems frequently come as a sort of whisper I strive to catch up with in writing. More often than not, I’m unsuccessful. And at this remove […]

Happy New Year!

If only to send a message to the remainder of the country, California should vote to secede from the Union. Not that it could ever happen–and its certainly not something I would ever truly wish for–but this would be a shot across the bow of the 49 other states: California is rowing an aircraft carrier […]

Graduating From the Electoral College

In electing our 45th president, for just the fifth time in our history a candidate who lost the popular vote secured a victory in the Electoral College. By Thanksgiving Day, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump surpassed two million votes. The unseemliness of this tally has prompted a call–mainly from the left–for an abolishing of […]

Donald Trump Is My President

I find revolting the election of Donald Trump as our president; then again, in voting for him, that’s what approximately half of the voting electorate did–revolt. As of 14 November, Hillary Clinton garnered 668,483 more votes than Trump. That’s about the size of Boston. The 60 million-plus who voted for Trump despite his antics did […]

Battle Hymn of the Heartsick

Mine eyes have seen the horror of the coming of the Trump; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of Truth ain’t plump; He has loosed the fateful lightening of a grope upon the rump, His “Truth” is lurching on. Lord above, I don’t believe it! Lord above, I don’t believe it! Lord, […]

Cooking With Gas

We now live in a house whose stove is fueled by gas. There’s nothing unusual about this–it’s just different, that’s all, and requires a bit of getting used to. Things heat up more urgently, somehow, altering my cooking routines and confirming one saying while debunking another. I can now appreciate that when you’re “cooking with […]

Over the Curvature of the Earth

As I sit with what amounts to a sundowner in these parts–a cold beer–I can’t help but reflect on the five-night safari I endured last week standing guard in the husk that was our house. I’ve been on a real safari, and it was a much easier enterprise. Of course, we were cosseted and driven […]