Why Many Of Us Are Not Getting Over This Election.

Clinton won. The Electoral College is outdated. The system is rigged. The first statement is both true and false. Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote but not the Electoral College. The second statement may or may not

The REAL Reason Donald Trump Won the Election

The unthinkable happened.  One by one the reliable blue states turned red. The pundits and the prophets were wrong. The data crunchers missed the mark.  How could the  2016 Presidential Election turn out the way it did?  

To Tofino and Back

  We had been planing this road trip for months and the day finally arrived. A beautiful clear September morning with just a hint of autumn in the air. Captain Jack our hybrid Honda Accord’s trunk was

The Kerfuffle about Kaepernick or Let’s Sit Down to Stand Up for What We are About!

I do not know who Colin Kaepernick is outside of the facts that he comes from my community, he’s a football hero, plays for the SF 49rs and is a man of mixed racial heritage that was adopted

Amelia’s Aliyah to the Torah

The rituals of life, the ties of family and friends, these gatherings to celebrate are the very warp and woof of the cloth that holds us together. So it was that thanks to my daughter in law

A Napa Wine Adventure

November 23 to November 30 2015: It has been our custom for the past 6 or so years to go to Napa and stay at the Silverado Country Club for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This time of year in

The Great Almost Proper Coconut Cream Pie

My Aunt Lu made the best coconut cream pies.  My mother made an amazing one as well and if I do say so myself my efforts for a from scratch coconut cream pie were also stellar though

To the Columbia River Gorge and Back.

It started out to be a return trip to Crater Lake. Ashton and I had been there in 1988 staying at the old Lodge. It was the year before the Lodge was shut down because it was

Brave New World

My mother said when the family arrived in Chicago my Grandfather bought their house outright with gold coins. They settled on the south side of the city .  I’m not sure where their first house was located,

The Spatchcock Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Musings

Several years ago I decided I just could not face shopping and spending three days cooking another Thanksgiving dinner. It has been been our habit to go to Napa, stay at the Silverado and have our Thanksgiving