Blog Posts filed under “Politics”

i had homework

April 6th, 2009

So, today, I wrote guest blogs for a bunch of other blogs. I am flattered to be asked to do do this, and when the various posts go up, I’ll post links to them here. But basically, I spent my creative juices elsewhere. And now I have nothing of interest to say on my blog. […]

my own private lexipro

February 7th, 2009

I have been getting a little worked up over politics, the stimulus bill, dumb-dumb Senate Republicans, Obama’s political strategy. (I ping back and forth between questioning him and reminding myself of the myriad times I questioned him before—only to be reminded that he knew what he was doing all along and is just that much […]

my mama always said

February 4th, 2009

My mama always said: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Okay, truth is, my mother, whom I called mom, not mama, did not say that, but it’s the kind of thing moms and mamas say. And the sentiment still holds. Today, I’m feeling grumpy and spewy about boneheads […]

it’s hard to be shallow when the problems are so deep

January 27th, 2009

So once upon a time I was a Serious Journalist. What this means, in part, is that I traveled around the country—or world in a lot of cases—and looked for people to tell me their bad, sad stories, and then transmitted those bad, sad stories to readers back here in the US. There was an […]

mlk and 44

January 19th, 2009

I don’t know if there’s any worse way to commemorate someone than to give him or her a Federal holiday. Because really, what’s meant to be a day to honor Lincoln or veterans or what have you, inevitably becomes just another day off school and another mega-sale at the mall. MLK day is no exception. […]

a moment of perverse pride

January 7th, 2009

Last night, I was watching this clip of Al Franken debating Ann Coulter when I actually and truly threw up a little in my mouth. I’m not kidding. It wasn’t like I got so grossed out by Coulter. I mean she is so vile that I half think that she is faking, perpetrating this giant hoax […]

indulge me a post about politics and the weird people who practice it

January 6th, 2009

Okay, I get that politics probably does not obsess you the way it does me. But hey, you can always crib my idea for school projects. You have my blessing. Here’s what’s flummoxing me this morning. Increasingly, it is becoming clear to me that politicians possess some sort of gene—you or I might call it […]

happy first day of school, sasha and malia!

January 5th, 2009

I’m not entirely sure why I’m so invested in the Obama girls, but I am, along with half the country, or maybe more like three quarters. It’s their first day at their new school. Here are some pics. Obama totally looks like he’s giving his daughters his patented numbered explanation. “Number one, blablabla. Number two, […]

forgive them for they know not what they do

A few weeks ago, I gave a friend of mine my new novel, If I Stay, to read. When she was done with it, she had lots of nice things to say. And then she said this: “It’s so good. You should write an adult novel one day.” Ouch. I love this friend, and if […]