A kind of a tell

Dear President Biden, So much has been happening lately – so much heavy awful stuff – that almost everything I’ve thought to write to you about has ended up feeling too trivial to bother with. I mean, what’s the point of bringing up climate change, income inequality, voter suppression, or worries about more covid mutations …

The Dems need to swear off the fantasy of bipartisan tea parties and get real ~ fast

Dear President Biden, A couple of days ago I cut and pasted the following sentence from Perry Bacon Jrs’ WP editorial: “Moving forward, the Democratic Party should commit to actually fighting back aggressively against the Republicans.” This morning’s headline about how the Democratic party, emboldened by Newsom surviving the recall vote, is beginning to adopt …

Chasing the pain

Dear President Biden, Laura had surgery on her right shoulder Friday. When the surgeon called me after the procedure to update me he said that when he got in there he could see why she’d been in so much pain. Laura opted for a nerve block (in addition to the general anesthesia, of course), which …

Whole new (scary) ranges

Dear President Biden, In the spirit of sticking with my pact with myself to stay “eyes wide open” about global warming, this morning I made myself read the WP article Amid Summer of Fire and Floods, A Moment of Truth for Climate Action by Sarah Kaplan and Brady Dennis. It’s long. And it’s depressing. Apparently …

Rainstorms and turkeys

Dear President Biden, Laura’s brother visited us this past weekend to celebrate her birthday. He lives in Atlanta now and at one point yesterday afternoon he remarked that the rainstorm we were having sure didn’t seem like Seattle rain, that it was much more like Atlanta rain since it was pretty much a deluge. And …

Joe Manchin ~ ‘he’s got the whole world in his (grubby, power-hungry, little) hands’

Dear President Biden, At the end of his article about where things stand on the For the People Act (HR1/S1), Mike DeBonis quotes Senator Richard Durbin (Il) as saying: “I say a prayer every morning and evening for Joe Manchin.” Indeed. Joe M. may just become the most difficult person in my loving-kindness meditation not …