Sep 022014
 

We did 52 hours this time last year, but this time was our niece’s wedding in western New Mexico. So Lea was gone for about 130 hours: Wednesday morning through Monday night. Here are five things we learned:

  • Nathan’s dog Molly is capable of “grumpy.” We’d seen sad before, but this time Lea was just gone too long. Molly would gaze hopefully at the door, and when it wasn’t her mommy who came through it, her face fell and she wandered off to lie down. She wasn’t having any of you trying to play with her at that moment.
  • The boys don’t necessarily pick poorly if you leave the menu to them. They chose salmon and asparagus for me to make for dinner last night.
  • The first college football weekend was a great thing. It gave us a schedule.
  • Inexplicably, both boys were ready for school with considerably less drama and more time to spare than when Lea is directing. As they sat reading with 20 minutes to go before departure, and only needing to put their shoes on, I asked “why can’t you guys do this for your mother?” Shrugs.
  • I didn’t sleep any better without her the fifth night than I did the first.

Welcome home, Lea. We missed you.

 Posted by at 9:30 am
Aug 192014
 

We need a productive and fruitful conversation on the increasing militarization of police forces.

We need a productive and fruitful conversation on police forces and race.

We can accomplish none of the above without first stopping a city of more than 20,000 people from tearing itself to pieces.

President Obama, this is sustained civil unrest on American soil. Amnesty International is there, for goodness sake. You don’t send your thug attorney general to “investigate.” You use all of the power of your position to stop the violence. That is not issuing a statement. That is not coming in for a few “high level meetings” before jetting back to Martha’s Vineyard.

How about a heartfelt address to the nation, urging your commitment to progress but also insisting that Americans stop fighting Americans?

It’s as if you either don’t realize how serious this is, or you’re measuring your responses against political consequences. But this is no time for such calculation. We could wake up to read that 50 people died overnight in an all-out riot. We could wake up to ten city blocks burning out of control.

Everyone must stop. There is no other next step.

Mr. President, lead.

 Posted by at 3:55 pm
Aug 142014
 

With the passing of Lauren Bacall, we’ve lost the last living superstar of Hollywood’s golden age. RIP. Two weeks from tonight. I’m sure Buick’s new micro-SUV the Encore is a nice car, but it bears an unfortunate strong resemblance to a Suzuki SX4. Invariably, short length and tall height is a low-rent look. When it’s [...]

 Posted by at 10:13 am
Aug 042014
 

Use your turn signal every time you make a turn. Now this is not the same old tired admonishment leveled at jerks who never use turn signals. This is meant for people who do pretty well with them, but will sometimes forego them if they don’t see the need. Dig: No one is behind me. [...]

 Posted by at 6:42 pm

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