Category Archives: Books

Jefferson Survives…July 4th, 1826

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on July 4th, 1826. Adams was 90, Jefferson, 82. They had been friends, foes, then friends again much of their adult lives. Adams was the one who coaxed Jefferson into writing the Declaration … Continue reading

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What I Saw

 A man in the park lifting his Siberian Husky, refusing to leave, basking in the sunshine like a sheep on strike. A cardinal coming in for a landing on a fencepost right in front of me as if to say, … Continue reading

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Oh God

I was raised Catholic, though running for my life, my mother using God like a machete to scare me half to death, certainly a bad rap for the great creator. My God as of late is more casual, in a … Continue reading

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Suicide Can’t Be An Option

I’m mourning the death of Anthony Bourdain as if he were a relative, though I never met the man, only in print. My friend Ed after we both recently reread all of his books said, it’s because his writing was … Continue reading

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Bobby Kennedy Remembered

I was just 14 when Robert Kennedy died, so my reverence for him came much later. It began with journalist, Jack Newfield’s 1998 documentary film…Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir, taken from his book of the same name. It begins with … Continue reading

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Mary and Jack

Mary McGrory (1918-2004) and John Kennedy (1917-1963) were friends.  They actually dated when they were just cubs making their way in Washington. He became the president, and she, the top woman journalist in D.C. manning a daily column for the Washington … Continue reading

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Those Mystic Chords of Memory

Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address is my favorite speech, especially its final paragraph. It’s always explained my built-in patriotism so easily ignited. As Americans we’re connected, hands held by our ancestors despite not necessarily knowing their names. I remember the … Continue reading

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A Nutty Word.

I’m on a novel kick these days, a real change from memoir and historical bios. I’m so enjoying the language, like the word chestnut, I found twice in two different books. Not the nut roasting on an open fire, but the term for … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…TAXI!

A man I do some work for with a bad back, asked if I’d meet his flight at Kennedy, offering to pay generously to help with his bags. I would have done so anyway, played porter just to be kind, … Continue reading

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Following Susannah

I’m frequently asked how is it, I have so many stories to share? Why am I always engaging with strangers? Just so you know, I thought about this long and hard before responding. It’s the writer in me…it’s where my … Continue reading

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