If You Love America, You’ll Want It To Fundamentally Change. Here’s How.

Our Nation Is Broken: Stop Defending An Untenable System Because You Think It’s The Patriotic Thing To Do There’s a scene in Downton Abbey that I’ve linked it below (relevant scene starts at 2:27), where Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine, arrives in England from America for the wedding of her granddaughter, Mary Crawley (MichelleContinue reading “If You Love America, You’ll Want It To Fundamentally Change. Here’s How.”

For Many, ‘Never Forget’ Is No Longer About The Lives We Lost

Most Of You Can’t Name Five People Who Died On 9/11 Without Looking It Up Five years ago, I got scolded at by a now former friend. September 11th had gone by and I had not posted anything about it on Facebook. This made her angry. I “always post stuff about everything else,” but sheContinue reading “For Many, ‘Never Forget’ Is No Longer About The Lives We Lost”

To Donald Trump, My Grandfathers Narrowly Avoided Being ‘Suckers’

Francis “Frank” Rafter was blown off an ammunition ship – probably hit by a German torpedo and then covered up by the U.S. government – off the coast of New Jersey, in January 1944. He suffered burns to most of his body that left him with lifelong emotional and physical scars that contributed to hisContinue reading “To Donald Trump, My Grandfathers Narrowly Avoided Being ‘Suckers’”

This Is Exactly The America Trump Voters Wanted

The Chaos And Misery Are The Price They’re Making Us Pay For Wanting A Better Nation When I was in the Fifth Grade at a private Catholic school in Queens, we enrolled the school’s only black student – Donell. His mother had enrolled him because she hoped he would have better opportunity at a goodContinue reading “This Is Exactly The America Trump Voters Wanted”

There Is No Future For New York Until The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Over

Pleas For Post-Pandemic Plans Are Just Wishcasting Until We Can Go Back To ‘Normal’ Life I have a vision that keeps me getting up in the morning. In my vision, New York City, having suffered a bad COVID-19 outbreak early, doesn’t have another wave. We remain at low levels of transmission into the fall andContinue reading “There Is No Future For New York Until The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Over”

How I Almost Got Sucked Into A QAnon Conspiracy Theory

I Joined A Facebook Group That Seemed Innocent Enough. What I Found Was A Wormhole Of Crazy Last week, I got a Facebook invite from an old elementary school friend of mine. She’s a mother of two, a big fan of Cardi B and completely apolitical. She’s not a Trump fan or a Fox NewsContinue reading “How I Almost Got Sucked Into A QAnon Conspiracy Theory”

It’s Fine To Unfriend People Based On Who They Vote For

40,000 Americans Unnecessarily Died This Summer, I Don’t Care That Sally Baked You A Cake Once Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang swung into Twitter earlier this week to make a comment no one asked for. In the wake of someone (rationally) stating only Democrats would even considering enacting the agenda Yang ran on, aContinue reading “It’s Fine To Unfriend People Based On Who They Vote For”

I’m Surprised You’re Surprised Youth Aren’t Taking COVID-19 Seriously

Beaten Down And Brought Up In The Face Of Terrorism, Climate Change And Guns, A Virus Seems Far Less Scary I was a sophomore in high school when Dylan Kleboid and Eric Harris murdered 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado. When I came into school on the morning of April 21, 1999, theContinue reading “I’m Surprised You’re Surprised Youth Aren’t Taking COVID-19 Seriously”

How Did The 1918 Pandemic End? I’m Not Sure You Want To Know

Short Of A Vaccine Or Drugs, The Pandemic Ends Only After Mass Illness and Death, Or Dumb Luck Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. We hear that tired idiom often, and we heard it again at the start of the pandemic when comparisons were made to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic,Continue reading “How Did The 1918 Pandemic End? I’m Not Sure You Want To Know”

Yoho’s Apology Is The Right Wing Version Of ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’

Florida Man Is Only Really Sorry We Heard Him. I watched Rep. Ted Yoho’s (R-Fla.) so-called “apology” for calling Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez…eh…I won’t repeat it here, but it rhymes with “ducking mitch.” It wasn’t much of an apology, but a justification for doing what he did. He appeared contrived and not at all magnanimous. ItContinue reading “Yoho’s Apology Is The Right Wing Version Of ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’”