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  • Flaws and Faults

    One of the ongoing, lifelong parts of the journey of an addict is working on defects of character. The texts talk about asking our higher power, whatever that looks like, to remove our defects of character. The perfect human being? I don’t think so, not...
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  • Happy birthday, Melanie!

    Today is Melanie Bajakian’s birthday. I absolutely love this woman. She and her husband John are the owners of the Buckhorn Steakhouse and the Putah Creek Café. That isn’t what I want to talk about right now, but I will bring this up later. This...
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  • Pops to the rescue

    Our idiot president swallowed his dog whistle during a full-throated, third-time's-the-charm statement on the violence in Charlottesville. He ditched the teleprompter and spoke from his bloated gut to endorse some 'very fine people' who hang with the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
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  • Grilled corn and sausage

    Brush down and clean your outdoor grill. There is still plenty of time for grilling outdoors! This recipe features fresh corn, fresh bell peppers, and Lightlife Italian Sausage. You can use whatever sausage you favor. It is easy to make, looks great when taken off...
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  • Polite-ically Correct

    Absorbine Jr. as a metaphor of modern life? Sure. When I was a boy, AJ was used for a lot of things — cuts, scrapes, bug bites, sore muscles. In my houses, it still is. The label says differently. Lawsuits, I am sure, and perhaps...
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  • They want me dead

    They want me dead. They want to throw me into a heap with all people of color, Muslims, gay people and anybody else who doesn’t fit into their tiny, Judeo-Christian white, patriarchal world. Then they want to douse us with gasoline and watch our dead bodies burn.
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  • Profiles in Carnage

    I’m just old enough to remember monthly air raid siren drills, although at the time, I didn’t really understand what they meant, I only understood that they terrified me. I’d run and hide whenever they sounded. Everybody in the room who’s also old enough to...
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  • Is The Apprentice White House being bamboozled?

    A little war would go a long way to cement China’s claims to the South China Sea If Donald Trump was in the finals of my celebrity apprentice television show, “The Apprentice White House,” the ongoing “Fire and Fury” debacle would be hard to trump...
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  • What can we do to change the world?

    Today I read that a little boy named Gabriel Taye of Cincinnati, Ohio hanged himself with his necktie. It angers me and saddens me at the same time to think that an eight year old child has to see suicide as his only way out. Is this what the world has become? If this is the direction we're moving in, what will the future be like?
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