Be Careful What You Wish For

I can’t get Mick Jagger’s voice out of my head. “You can’t always get what you want…” And now it seems we’re actually living in an era that could reasonably be called The Big Chill–except for climate change, and the fact that our entire state seems to be ablaze. And how can any reasonable solution […]

An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees Of the Visalia Unified School District

The effectiveness and organizational heath of the VUSD is essential to the health and vitality of the greater Visalia community. All students benefit when they are educated in a school district in which the board, employee team, and community at large are unified in purpose, priorities, and direction. The authority and responsibility for appointment of […]

Opening Statement of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman

Before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform October 29, 2019 Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, thank you for the opportunity to address the Committees concerning the activities relating to Ukraine and my role in the events under investigation. Background I […]

Starfish

My genius father invented this game when he was barely 30 years old. I know you’ve never heard of it–how could you have, unless I’ve mentioned it before and have forgotten about that?–but, for myself and my two siblings, it was epic. Picture the scene: You’re a young dentist with a thriving practice–not to mention […]

This Emperor Still Has His Clothes

Some weeks back I was required to scale a cyclone fence–which I accomplished, but not nearly so artfully as I ought to have. Because, now–at 56–I’m suddenly old. This came to me in a rush as, precariously, I straddled the razor-sharp fence top six or seven feet up. As you age it’s easy to delegate […]

A Deep Blue Tedium

Sometime in late August or early September, typically, comes a fine, sunny day when I first notice a change in the angle of the light. It feels like the first day of autumn, but–also typically–happens a couple of weeks beforehand, at least according to the calendar. Oddly enough, this heralding doesn’t happen to me with […]

Hate is Good

Early September again, if you can believe it, that time of year when, for a brief month and a half, two major sports seasons–baseball and, now, football–collide. I love them both for vastly different reasons. And I have my favorite teams. But at this particular juncture some baseball teams are being eliminated from the post […]