The Marijuana Policy Project came out with its report card for 22 presidential candidates and hopefuls this week and the headline is that no one is sticking their neck out very far when it comes to the legalization of marijuana or the loosening of federal pot laws. Admittedly, this is not the biggest issue on anyone’s presidential platform but as more states jump on the … Continue reading The Pot Plank and Presidential Politics
There are some things I never forget. The day President Kennedy was assassinated. The day the Challenger exploded. Columbine. What I was doing on 9/11/2001. My husband called me and said turn on the television. I got there in time to see the second plane hit the tower. I watched with my hand over my mouth then turned to my little son and said “Kyle, … Continue reading 9/11 Ten Years Later
My youngest son, Blair, is 13 years old today. A teenager. Now I have two of them. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Last night I was in his room, sitting on his bed, leaning against the wall, when I had a powerful deja vu. Just days after his birth I was in the same place, sitting on a futon, holding him … Continue reading Deja Vu
So often when officials slash budgets they are just crunching numbers rather than considering stories of loss. This article by N.C. Maisak from the New York Times tells how a group of Queens, New York bus riders who have become friends, practically family, over their years while riding the QM22 route, are losing their community on wheels because of cuts by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Just a poignant little reminder of the … Continue reading Budget Cuts and the Bus
Eddie is one of my very closest friends. We have known each other since we were teenagers and knew of each other even longer. Our fathers were best friends and Polish immigrants who met in London following World War II and came to America on the Queen Mary together. When I lived in Connecticut and Eddie was in New York we hung out together every other weekend. We attended … Continue reading Kara’s Tea Party: Am I Missing Something Here?
There are some things I never forget. The day President Kennedy was assassinated. The day the Challenger exploded. Columbine. What I was doing on 9/11/2001. My husband called me and said turn on the TV. I got there in time to see the second plane hit the tower. I watched with my hand over my mouth then turned to my little son and said “Kyle, … Continue reading Remembering 9/11
My husband is from Iowa. His parents live in a town of about 10,000 called Storm Lake in the Northwest corner of the state. I’ve been going back and forth for many years. The Iowa I used to see was a conservative, set in its ways kind of place that didn’t really welcome change. But my view is shifting dramatically. Iowa voters were prescient with their … Continue reading Trend Setting Iowa
My friend, sportscaster Len Berman, got the news this past week that he was being let go from WNBC. Len is one of the most talented personalities I know. He’s been a fixture in New York sports for decades. He is witty and well respected. I actually stop what I’m doing when his “Spanning the World” segment comes on during the Today Show. Len is another casualty in broadcasting’s … Continue reading Do The Right Thing