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Netanyahu Knows Best

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the US Congress eliciting everything from attacks to applause both here and abroad. With his own re-election approaching in Israel, this was not the best time for him to come to America to be critiqued this way and that. I have my own novel take on why he…


Shooting the Opposition Messenger, Russian-Style

Yet another of Russian President Putin’s opponents was gunned-down over the weekend. Boris Nemtsov, 55, walking across a bridge over the Moskva River with his Ukrainian model-girlfriend, 23, near Moscow’s Kremlin. He was shot to death from a speeding car and his companion remained unharmed. She is being held as a witness. The opposition leader…


Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine?

According to US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, highly unlikely. She alleges that Putin continues to ship heavy weapons and troops across the border to the separatists operating in Ukraine. Much of the west tends to agree. They do not trust the Russian president. At all. Other commentators argue that, rather than accuse him…


The Islamization of America

People, our country is going wild. I would say it’s going to the dogs, but that might be too positive. I like dogs. For now, America is underwhelming me. And that’s a shame, because you could not find someone more patriotic than moi. Yet, we have a president who seems divorced from reality and an…


Our Well-Groomed Little Guys

What can I say, our Scotties were looking scruffy. Their groomer had retired, and yes, I had tried my best to snip their coats here and there—around the feet, the distinctive eyebrows, the carrot-shaped tail. But no, I’m no superwoman. Despite the fact that we had bought some professional tools, I could not (yet) groom…


Monday Mottoes – #76

Where there’s life, there’s hope. That’s not the motto for the day, yet it bears repeating because, oftentimes, we give up on ourselves, and we really shouldn’t. Look at the people who have extreme challenges, whether paraplegics, those who have war wounds, or are missing limbs since birth…. They learn to type with a stylus…


Is Putin Autistic or Antisocial?

It’s hitting all of the news sources (outside of Russia, that is) that Pres. Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s Syndrome. A friend in the know sent me the news, which we both corroborated based on our professional amateurs’ psychological understanding that Putin is plain nuts. (Being an equal opportunity diagnoser, I would say the same could…


Stress, Exhaustion, and Poor Choices

We are the sandwich generation, squeezed between the issues of needy kids and needy parents. Which leads me to ask: where’s the beef? Where are those who can wear the big boy or big girl pants and do mature things, even in the midst of the storms of life? We all know about stress—loved ones…


The Facebook Farce with Freedom of Speech

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerman took a stance of solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo magazine following the terrorist attacks in Paris. While I believe in freedom of speech, you won’t find me wearing any “Je suis Charlie” t-shirt because I don’t like when folks are offensive. Argumentative, yes. Offensive, no. Zuckerman stated that he believes in freedom…


Snow: Love It or Hate It?

What’s not to love about snow?  (Boston, don’t answer that.)  Nothing, if you’re about 10 years old. Everything is wonderful—from snowmen, snowballs, and snow angels to forts, icicles, and sledding. There’s skiing, whether downhill or cross-country. There’s snowboarding and snowmobiling. Not to mention hot chocolate, hot soup, and hot anything else whether pizza, wings, or…

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