Monthly Archives: November 2011

Amy Goodman and me

Writing at 38,000 feet, on my way home to Tucson from New York City. So close to a sliver of moon. No stars in sight. Last night, Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” watched “The Descendants” with us, completing a day … Continue reading

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Jersey City rocks!

Strolling down Bright Street I spotted an end-of-fall red- and gold-leafed tree interspersed among solar-paneled poles that power the street lights. I’m impressed, never seen that before. Jersey City has a splendid boardwalk bordering the Hudson River with the most … Continue reading

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Rumsfeld the warmonger and grandfather (at least in my dreams)

Unlike Robert McNamara, who finally admitted that he was the architect of the Vietnam war, and that he made mistakes,¬†Donald Rumsfeld’s new book does nothing of the sort. He made no mistakes, the deceptive bastard (more on that in a … Continue reading

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Hooray for food trucks!

They’re in all the hip places, and after tonight’s first-ever food truck jamboree Tucson has definitely jumped on the bandwagon. Kudos to Julie Ray for encouraging culinary hipness! I arrived at the Dinnerware Artspace parking lot — suitably decked out … Continue reading

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It’s been a good Sunday, rain and all

Back east, I’d say what a dreary day. But here in Tucson the rainy grayness is so unusual, especially on a Sunday. It felt delicious heading to the living room couch with a cozy blanket and the New York Times. … Continue reading

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‘Gypsying Around’ for 100 years

Brownie Ebner, my new friend and role model, turned 100 yesterday. Can you imagine living from Nov. 11, 1911 until Nov. 11, 2011? “I didn’t think I was going to make it the last few days,” she said at her … Continue reading

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Election night was just right

Most Americans are sensible, decent folks, that’s what I think. So here’s my prediction: with all the yelling and nastiness, do-nothing obstructionist Republicans in Congress, and overreach of social conservatives trying to snatch people’s rights, President Obama will win re-eclection … Continue reading

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Rock ‘n Roll is here to stay

I never saw “The Last Waltz” before today. Dan and many other folks say it’s the best rockumentary ever made. It was 1976 when Martin Scorsese interviewed and directed The Band’s last concert in San Francisco, with such rock/blues icons … Continue reading

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Role model #1: Ashley Bryan

Renowned children’s author/artist Ashley Bryan is 88. He’s also my neighbor, well sort of, it’s a half-hour boat ride from the town dock behind my house in Southwest Harbor to his home on Little Cranberry Island. We’ve been friends for … Continue reading

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Not that every business can be Starbucks…

What, you mean the guys making a fortune adding a little syrup, a dash of whipped cream to good ole’ coffee and selling it for four bucks? We’re willing to pay for it, so good for them. I can’t blame … Continue reading

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