In the movie The American President, Chief of Staff A.J. MacInerney (Martin Sheen) refuses to call President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) by any name other than “Sir” or “Mr. President”, despite having been friends for years. As long as President Shepherd is in office, he will be addressed as “Mr. President” and never “Andy”, because the … Continue reading Respect and the Office of the Presidency
I cannot condemn anyone for personal attacks on President-Elect Trump's appearance, speech-patterns, tiny hands or orange face. Honestly, maybe I should, because what is wrong with Mr. Trump has nothing to do with the color of his skin or the size of his appendages. But given that he's made the appearance, disability, speech and size … Continue reading Let’s talk about Melania
This post is not about President-Elect Donald Trump. At least, not directly. This is a post that has been in my brain for months now, and it may be more relevant now than ever. LBJ was an interesting President. His push for the Great Society left us with a significant number of the federal programs … Continue reading LBJ, Eggs and the Power of the Presidency
The reality of a President-Elect Donald Trump has not yet fully sunk in. At the same time, I seem to be consumed with the thought of nothing else. I am grateful and humbled for those of you who have given me your trust and a platform to express those thoughts. It might sound like a … Continue reading What now?
I took the trash out to the curb tonight. Six large garbage bags of trash. And when I came into the house, I got a little bit emotional because I was proud of myself. You see, I haven't taken the trash out in weeks. Every week, trash day would come and go, and I wouldn't … Continue reading I took out the trash tonight.
James Madison, father of the United States Constitution and co-author of the Federalist Papers, once said in a letter to Judge Roane (Virginia judge and member of the Virginia House of Delegates), It could not but happen, and was foreseen at the birth of the Constitution, that difficulties and differences of opinion might occasionally arise … Continue reading Original Intent, the Second Amendment and my nerdy love for James Madison
Some days the madness in this world takes my breath away. And some days it simply breaks my heart. After the shooting at Pulse in Orlando, to say that my heart is broken feels like an understatement. But more than sadness, there is anger - and an almost desperate need to take action. To create … Continue reading Hope and Love Last Longer
(This blog post should be subtitled, Holy shit, what have I done?) About a month ago, I was talking with my therapist about risks. I have always thought of myself as risk adverse, while she pointed out that some of my decisions could be thought of as risky to others. On my recent weekend … Continue reading Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.*
Last Friday, after a long week, I took myself away for a weekend. Just a quick trip to Gettysburg - a bed and breakfast, a morning at the spa, and a day of historical tourism. A perfect weekend. There was much reading. There was a fireplace. There were freshly painted toenails. It was a perfect … Continue reading We are all awesome ladies.
For my non-Pittsburgh area friends, this blog post probably requires a little back story. Wendy Bell is (or was, until very recently) a very popular local news anchor. Everyone knows Wendy, and through the magic of social media, we all know about her kids, her husband, and her take on family values. Lots of people … Continue reading Oh, Wendy.