The March of the Elephants

The circus ended two days ago. After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed the big tent. Slow ticket sales and protests by animal rights groups led to the demise of the three-ring extravaganza. Here's the thing, I've never been a fan of the...

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Why I Marched on Washington

Growing up, politics was discussed around the dinner table, and my sister and I were regularly quizzed on world geography. The world, we were taught, was bigger than just our family. Television wasn't allowed while we ate, so the one time an exception was made—to...

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One Man’s Junk: Going Through My Dad’s Stuff

All I wanted was the vintage paper reinforcers. Before I came home to visit my family, my father had sent me an email with a picture of old page reinforcers and asked, "Do you want these?" Um, office supplies? Yes! Vintage? Yes! Vintage office supplies? Yes, yes, yes!...

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A Postcard Avalanche: Stop Bannon

Today is the day for the postcard avalanche to Donald Trump, telling him "Not Bannon." A Facebook group gives the details, but the idea is to mail him a postcard from your town or state with the short and to-the-point message. The card I chose feels fitting, as it's a...

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The Sound of Thunder: A Trump Presidency

In 1952, Ray Bradbury published in Collier's one of my all-time favorite short stories, "A Sound of Thunder." I won't be able to do the story justice, so you should go read it (search for it online; I won't link because I don't know if they're legit reproductions),...

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1933 vs. 2016: The Rise of Hate and Why You Need to Vote

On my morning run, I pass a house proudly displaying a “Make America Great Again” sign, an anomaly in my liberal Boston suburb. My heart palpitates and it’s not because of my pace, which is snail-like. It’s because when I see those signs, I see swastikas and notices...

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A Not-Unhappy Halloween

And Halloween had a happy ending. My son has decided at thirteen he's too old to trick or treat and too lazy to throw a party. Since I hate Halloween, we agreed to watch a movie together. The earlier part of the evening was spent at a much-more-game neighbor's house,...

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The Rock Star Life of a Writer: The Book Tour

I know today is Halloween, but I am studiously ignoring that fact. Anyone who has spoken to me for more than five seconds in the month of October knows how much I hate Halloween. I hate costumes. I hate my children going out begging for candy. I hate the fact that I...

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