Monthly Archives: September 2012

My Sister Cleo

I’m not sure why but my sister Cleo has been on my mind today. I’ve never met her. She died as an infant about 14 years before I was born. When I was growing up, I never thought much about … Continue reading

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47%

There are, very roughly speaking, two kinds of people receiving government aid. There are those who genuinely need society’s help, such as those with disabilities of one sort or another. Their expenses may be greater than other people’s and their … Continue reading

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Why Are We Offended by the Top 1%?

David Brooks writes in the NY Times (appearing online 9/21/12) that America needs bold entrepreneurs with grand, expansive ideas. He worries that America’s current dissatisfaction with the wealthiest 1% of our society may be hampering some of our most creative … Continue reading

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Aid and Dependency

When I was growing up, I spent lots of time with my cousin Derry, who was a couple of years older and was always bigger and better at all the things we did. He never made me feel like a … Continue reading

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Good News from Mayo

I have been having the odd experience of having had five different kinds of cancer in the last year. That sounds worse than it has actually been. Two kinds of skin cancer were both minor and easily treatable. A spot … Continue reading

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September 11, 2001

There are days, even moments, when all the world changes. This day, eleven years ago, was one such day. The suicide bombers did not carry small bombs around their torsos: They flew their bombs, loaded with human beings, into buildings … Continue reading

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Wealthy, Middle Class, Poor

I’ve now watched good portions of both political conventions and have decided to vote for Michele for president and Jill for VP. Both parties say they want to strengthen the middle class, though the Republicans seem far more committed to … Continue reading

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