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Are the holiday parties over yet? Are you doing anything about your New Year’s resolutions? Are you done preparing your taxes yet?   I think the parties are now over, so we now … more
The transition to a new year is an opportunity for reflection, an opportunity for cultivation, an opportunity for commitment. How did the last year go – what did we achieve and learn? And then: … more
What if you could reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time? The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the biggest climate bill in U.S. history, will help many Americans reduce their home … more
As Congress and many state legislatures get under way for the year, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and … more
Wow, if you were a regular viewer of C-SPAN you had an exciting week with the voting for the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.  In spite of the incredibly gray weather, I did have … more
More than 60 years ago, as many are aware, civil rights activists began organizing to desegregate businesses in Birmingham, Alabama. By the spring of 1963, tensions were at a boiling point due to a … more
The drama surrounding Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid remains nothing short of surreal. It took 15 bids to secure the votes required to become speaker of the House. In his fatalistic … more
The filibuster has proved more pernicious to democracy than any other procedural rule of Congress. It’s time for it to go. These claims may seem excessive in view of the real accomplishments … more
It hard to tell what’s changing faster, the weather or words used to describe it. I’ve lived on the Central California coast for some time and have endured many winter storms that … more
Kevin McCarthy’s pursuit of power put him into quite a predicament. He was willing to give up anything in concessions to pick up votes, but those who opposed him simply did not trust … more
The kitchen’s filled with the intoxicating odors of mushrooms, ginger, garlic, star anise, coriander, and cinnamon, and it’s coming from the Instant Pot.  Wondering what I’m … more
Barbara Walters might never have become a powerful force in broadcast journalism had she lacked the chutzpah to extract a promise from her bosses at NBC News in 1973. As she explained it to me, … more
Welcome to 2023, the year holding the promise of good cheer, mutual respect, civility, and many more fantasies.  Ah, you say, he is a sarcastic pessimist.  Not true, he is an … more
I’m looking for a few funny men — or women— in the new year.   Gray skies? Let’s lighten up. I’m always looking for funny people. I’ve found … more
Last week was a sad week for Pittsburgh’s ardent football fans.  The author of the iconic “Immaculate Reception,” the last play in the Steelers’ football game against … more
I always keep ginger on hand, and use it in both savory and sweet dishes. It’s a popular ingredient in world cuisines from India and Indonesia to Germany.  In ancient Rome and China, it … more
“Are you ready for Christmas?”   It could be the most asked question around this time of year or well maybe second to “What are you getting me for Christmas?”   … more
Hitch up the metaphorical reindeer. Let’s take our annual Let There Be Light(s) tour of some of the best Christmas, er, holiday, lighting displays locally.  THE BEST  One must … more
As the winter solstice approaches, the sun travels its shortest path through our sky, marking the longest night of the year – and the return of longer days of sunlight.  The solstice … more
If you need to see a couple of miracles, you might look us up. Last week, we went to six events, each with somewhere between 20 and 100 people.   One event had attendees safely scattered … more
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