The Three Fusketeers

And now it is revealed that, in a classic dangle, Donald Trump, Jr., his brother in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort accepted a meeting with Russian operatives last year for the expressed purpose of receiving stolen information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations. This has been defended as opposition research–which would […]

Impeachment and Cream

If we take the last year–from last July to the end of June this year, say, as in a fiscal year–I’d have to acknowledge that the ledger is lavishly splashed with red. The blood-red of injury, of loss, and the blood, sweat and tears of emergency. “How do I love thee? [This past year] Let […]

Wish You Were Here

Three months after Al’s loss the prevailing mood remains bleak. While we “celebrated” the Kid’s graduation, things like birthdays and holidays are as dog meat–served cold, and with the fur still attached. Nobody in this squad is much in the mood for festivities of any description. And then–with Teddy visiting for the graduation–the black topic […]

How the Chief Is Revealed As A Genius

One thing the Chief and I have learned over the last few years is this legal gem: If you are the Defendant in a civil lawsuit the Plaintiff can play merry hell with your life. If you’re not overly concerned with the trial’s outcome–because, let’s face it: as the Plaintiff you can drop the proceedings […]

The Resistance Begins At Home

We came home from the wars–that is to say Cabo San Lucas–in 1999, after a sojourn there of five years. But in Lemon Cove, where we landed, my battles with Nature continued. You might even say the front expanded–to 96 acres. We moved in to an ancient, tatterdemalion farm house in a citrus grove owned […]

The Dreaded Chicken Foot

I had intended to write about winning. Specifically how the Orange Horror averred, before his election, that we’d all get so sick of winning our heads would spin. But I could use a bit of levity just now, and give it slightly less than even money that sometime in the near future the Orange might […]

Death and Taxes

Here’s a finger in the eye of the Universe: It’s possible to find humor anywhere–even in an ICU. Unless you’re the patient. For those of us who are merely visitors, transported in a spoon to the bedside of our loved one, the experience remains harrowing. When I was a kid we used to have a […]

The Orange Horror Is A Domestic Enemy

And now the Orange Horror has barred select news outlets from the White House press briefing. CNN, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico, the BBC, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post were each excluded from the February 23rd chinwag hosted by the president’s press bloviator, Sean Spicer. The Associated Press and Time magazine boycotted […]

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 […]