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  • Recharging my batteries with my grandson

    I jumped in the shower after submitting my newspaper column. It was as if my body craved a cleansing after spending days wading through the muck and wreckage of today’s Republican politics. Reviewing the record of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and the dreary election...
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  • The politics of unfriending

    If you’re a Facebook user, then you know unfriending season is here. It’s an election year, so political disagreements will, no doubt, lead to broken friendships. News stories about friends and relatives physically fighting and even killing over politics isn’t unusual in election years. But...
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  • Political Armageddon is upon us

    On July 2, 2014 I ran an iPinion column titled, “Igniting a mushroom cloud in your head” about what would happen if President Obama had the chance to shift the balance of power on the Supreme Court. I wrote, “Should a conservative justice step down...
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  • Butthurt over Beyoncé

    They’re coming for Queen Bey and she ain’t sent for no one. A blacklash has erupted since Beyoncé’s rousing Super Bowl halftime show where her backup dancers wore costumes inspired by the Black Panthers (Bey herself wore a costume honoring Michael Jackson’s 1993 Super Bowl...
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  • Why are books better than movies?

    Which is better: the book or the movie based on the book? I don’t have polling data but I believe it’s a safe bet that the majority of folks would say books are superior to their film versions. I just finished reading Rick Yancey’s novel...
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  • King biography is a must-read

    This column originally ran on February 12, 2015 in the Fairfield Daily Republic. I’ve slightly modified it for iPinion.  I love biographies because they peel back the curtain and show us things we’ve never seen about people we think we know. Such was the case...
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  • In search of the united states

    There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil...
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  • When terror comes will we choose partisanship over patriotism?

    The world is both in mourning and angry about the cowardly terrorist attacks in Paris this week. There’s been an outpouring of grief and condolences and support as nation after nation stands in solidarity with the French. But I’ve been wondering, when radical Islamist terrorists...
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  • I always wanted to die

    Amy Ferris has compiled a searing, sobering but ultimately uplifting anthology (with contributors such as iPinion’s own David Lacy and Debra LoGuercio DeAngelo) called “Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide and Feeling Blue.” Reading the book I couldn’t help but think of my own...
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