Ivanka and Marco sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

Commentary Sometimes it’s the little things that can make your day I have never felt a greater sense of relief than the one I felt this morning. I mean it was palpable, resulting in the deepest relief sigh I’ve ever breathed. What was it that caused this solace, this comfort, this calmness? Ivanka Trump won’tContinue reading “Ivanka and Marco sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g”

“Why can’t Democrats work with Republicans?”…Wait, what?

Commentary Around the Block responds to an Op-Ed published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. (Note: A 150-word version of this post was sent to the Sun-Sentinel as a letter to the editor.) Just when I thought I’d read it all, the Sun-Sentinel publishes a syndicated (Tribune Group) Op-Ed from Ramesh Ponnuru of Bloomberg Opinion, “WhyContinue reading ““Why can’t Democrats work with Republicans?”…Wait, what?”

Impeachment Defies Logic — Not Really

Commentary Sometimes you have to push back when you read something in the newspaper — so I did The Palm Beach Post reserves a space on their Opinion page for a column called, “Point of View.” It’s a place for Op-Ed submissions from readers, encouraging “a civil and robust exchange of ideas.” In the FebruaryContinue reading “Impeachment Defies Logic — Not Really”

“Everything Old is New Again”

Commentary But there’s “good” old and “bad” old – which will it be in 2021? (A version of this story will appear in the March 2021 issue of the Valencia Palms monthly magazine, “The Breezes.”) As many readers know, I’m also a regular contributor to my community’s monthly magazine, The Breezes. Each month, contributing writersContinue reading ““Everything Old is New Again””

Is there something about the water at Lake of the Ozarks?

Commentary Missouri Republican Senator Rick Brattin’s bill would allow drivers to run over protesters First there was Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo) with his thumbs-up, fist-pumping, riot-inciting encouragement of the crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 just before these insurrectionists, after cheering Hawley, stormed and breached the building. But it’sContinue reading “Is there something about the water at Lake of the Ozarks?”

How right-wing TV coped with Biden’s inauguration: a timeline

Commentary Now you know why your right-wing friends say the things they say. MSNBC used to have a tag line: “We watch Fox so you don’t have to.” Now, courtesy of a news website called, Quartz, we don’t have to watch Fox, Newsmax or OANN…because they’re doing it for us. As Quartz reported yesterday, “ForContinue reading “How right-wing TV coped with Biden’s inauguration: a timeline”

Ding, Dong the Witch is De…er, Gone

Commentary As I watched the inauguration of Joseph Biden, as I watched the man who formerly occupied the White House being whisked away, first in Marine One, then in Air Force One, as I saw my “Countdown Clock to Trump’s Last Day” register “0 Days, 0 Hours, 00 Minutes, 00 Seconds, all I could thinkContinue reading “Ding, Dong the Witch is De…er, Gone”