One We Dodged

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These […]


Banned Book News

Last year I challenged myself to catch up on a number of banned books I missed while growing up. I’ve read and reviewed 17 of the 18 books on my list, but there are many, many more . . . so many, in fact, I could keep making new lists of banned books to read […]


Goin’ All Activist: the Followup

I heard this morning from Amanda, a staffer for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, that the US Air Force had responded to my letter protesting the airing of Fox News on public televisions at USAF bases and the broadcasting of the Rush Limbaugh to military troops overseas by Armed Forces Radio. Here’s the link to everything that […]


Banned Books Project: Update VI

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

The Color Purple is a story told in short letters. Letters, at first, from a barely-literate Celie to God, letters that are little more than raw observations of a brutal, degraded, hopeless life. Letters, later, from Celie’s sister Nettie, reminding Celie of their shared history, relating the progress of […]


Paul’s DVD Reviews

“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!” — Margaret Hamilton (as the Wicked Witch of the West), The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Sunshine Cleaning (2008) I have a hard time understanding why some reviewers put this one down. True, it comes out of the same box as Little Miss Sunshine and other […]


Trolling the Waters

Politically I’m a leftist through and through, so I’m always surprised when my inner conservative rears its pointy head.

I’m reading a blog entry by Phoenix Woman about right-wingers refusing to call domestic terrorism by its name, nodding along, completely in agreement, when I come upon this sentence:

Republican Senator Scott Brown — who was […]


Paul’s Grab Bag

Unconnected thoughts and observations which don’t rate separate blog posts, but when aggregated together might just amount to something:

Much was made of Stephen Colbert’s rescue of the US Olympic speed skating team, and the Colbert Nation patches they were wearing in practice. Has anyone seen a US speed skater wearing one in the Vancouver […]


We Got Trouble (Part III)

Ya got trouble, Right here in River city! With a capital T And that rhymes with P And that stands for Pool. We’ve surely got trouble! Right here in River City! Remember the Maine, Plymouth Rock and the Golden Rule! Oh, we’ve got trouble. We’re in terrible, terrible trouble. That game with the […]