It’s disappointing but not surprising that the 57% vote to convict Donald Trump of incitement fell short of the 2/3rds required for impeachment. I listened to some of it during my evening runs, watched parts during the day and am glad I did. The hearing made history and undermined the future of the GOP. I’m glad to be able to say I tried to stop it. Like Lieutenant Colonel Vindman’s testimony in Trump’s first impeachment hearing, there were moments which make me proud of the patriotism which shines bright through the deep shadows of Trump’s corruption.

The impeachment hearings were…

Unfriend screenshot and Dorthea Lange’s Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California. November 1936.
Unfriend screenshot and Dorthea Lange’s Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California. November 1936.
Dorthea Lange’s Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California. November 1936. The Public Domain source is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division
under the digital ID fsa.8b31646.

If you get your news, facts and truths from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, OAN, MRCTV, Newsmax, FoxNews, Russia Today, AM Talk Radio, Parler and other alternate reality profiteers which helped inspire the Michigan “covid ain’t real” kidnappers, the Nashville “lizard-people conspiracy!” bomber, the Wisconsin “vaccines alter your DNA!” saboteur or the “Stop the Steal” domestic terrorists… please check your sources and at least look for something to cross-check your beliefs.

When family and friends say something which contradicts these sources, they’re not trying to hurt you.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of “The Power of Positive Thinking” had a…

20 years after we saw a waxing gibbous moon over Bantry bay on the Bush/Gore election night I see a waning gibbous moon over the Irish sea and the U.S. election is in that indeterminate state like Schroedinger’s cat.

We stepped into a cobblestone pub to have lunch. Turf burned in the fireplace behind me as we enjoyed another excellent meal. We continued towards the southwestern corner of Ireland. Here mountains blocked the north winds and focused the remnants of the Gulf Stream to warm the shoreline of Bantry Bay. We found a sign for a B&B atop a hill overlooking the narrow bay. We arrived at the top of the hill as night deepened the blue and purple colors of the sky. It appeared that no one was home. I rang the doorbell and a cheerful woman came…

Exulansis n. The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it — whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness — which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land. (Dictionary of obscure sorrows)

March 19, 2001
My wife and I were photographers when we met in the U.W. Oshkosh Advance Titan newspaper darkroom. We have family and friends in Southeastern Wisconsin and the Fox Valley but in 2001 we decided to try something different. We moved to a village on the Irish Sea just north of Dublin, Ireland.

March 19, 2020: Exactly 19 years later our daughter made her first solo flight back from her experience as a high school student in Appleton Wisconsin. The pandemic cut her time there short and kept her granddad, aunt and cousin from accompanying her on the…

One of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s last dissents was against the conservative majority’s ruling that forced Wisconsin voters to decide between their own health the their constitutional right to vote.

On the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg:

May the blessing of her memory remind all of us that we many small raindrops can become a sea of change.

According to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on an any holy day is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. Even more so for people who die on Rosh Hashanah, which began that evening. NPR’s Nina Totenberg explains,

“A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment because they were needed most and were the…

William Jennings Bryan — Library of Congress, Public Domain,

My great uncle John was born in Germany in November 1895. He brought knee-slapping laughter to our family and always called me William Jennings Bryan. It was the first thing out of his mouth every time we met, spoken with the deliberate timing of a comedian who knows exactly how to prime a joke told so often that laughter was a reflex.

“William — Jennings — Bryan!” He would pause and seemed to expect that a child born almost four decades after Bryan’s death would understand exactly who he was and why his nickname for me was as good of…

The Titanic at the docks of Southampton April 10, 1912

It is now 111 years since the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic and we have learned… nothing. 1500 people tragically lost their lives when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. And so far 154,000 human lives have been lost to the terrible Covid-19 virus.

Imagine more than 100 Titanics sinking since the beginning of the year, 20 of them with American passengers (30,000+ U.S. Covid-19 deaths so far.) If you were captain, what would you do?

Full steam ahead for the economy, because that’s what matters right? There never were enough lifeboats/masks/respirators, the captain/president was in the best position…

Faery, green things, Italian coffee to express solidarity to our Italian friends… no reason to go out today. Sláinte. To your health and all of ours. Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Faery, avocados, limes and other green things are still available here in Ireland. So there should be no panic to buy toilet paper and guns back in the land of Colt and Kimberly Clark. We have no Guinness or rashers in the fridge but we have toast, Irish butter and Italian coffee (to support our neighbours there.) So if there’s no reason to leave the house, we’ll enjoy a quiet St. Patrick’s day from here at home in Ireland. We hope you do the same from wherever you are. Here’s to your health. Sláinte!

May the road rise to meet…

All set up for Dublin’s 2020 Saint Patrick’s Parade which won’t happen

The spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Ireland and other banned parts of Europe are at most two weeks ahead of the U.S., probably much less because Ireland (population 5 million) has tested more people than the entire United States. (population 330 million.) South Korea tests more people in one day than the U.S. has since the beginning of this outbreak.

First of all, anyone who believes Covid-19 is a media conspiracy should know that Ireland cancelled St. Patrick’s day parades, closed pubs, schools, day care centers and is considering further actions. Parts of Spain and Italy are on lockdown with…

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