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An open letter to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

I received the following tweet asking for people to send letters of support to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I was contacted on Facebook by a teacher from Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. She would love it if her students had letters of support when they return. Please send …

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It’s time for a revolution

To be clear, this is not a violent revolution. There is enough violence in the world, and most violent revolutions replace one brutal regime with another. The revolutions that have the biggest impact in history are ones of the mind. Agriculture, religion, writing, medicine, cosmology, democracy, industrialization, and technology. The realization that the earth orbits …

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A writer’s perspective on Fire and Fury

I’m going to look at Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff from a different perspective. (If you want my opinion about the subject of the book, click here.) It has been a long time since a book received such a reaction and widespread discussion. What does this mean for us …

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2017 Parody: I Want a Case of Jameson for Christmas

I wasn’t sure about doing a year-end parody because this year has gone beyond parody. But if there is ever a year when we need a laugh (and, if you’re so inclined, a good stiff drink), it’s this one. My parody is inspired by the suitably creepy “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” (And after …

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Spare us your “thoughts and prayers”

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” should be permanently struck from our vocabulary. Any sincere sympathy it once had has been soiled by cynical politicians and others who have no intention to help. “Thoughts and prayers” is less than the least thing anyone can do. A thought? What kind of thought? “Thank God it wasn’t me!” …

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