Soon after I sat down beside the pool to watch Patty the swimming teacher work with my young grandson, I grabbed a notebook and
Newspapers, linguists, politicos, magazines and blogs are always looking for end-of-year hooks for stories. One perennial favorite is to choose—unilaterally, or via a poll
The president’s speech in Osawatomie Was populist, just as it oughta be He defended the middle, Put one-percenters on the griddle, And decried our
Compassion, a long-time resident of the hearts and minds of many Americans, has died. Authorities say the cause of death was slow strangulation by
It’s the day after Thanksgiving: You’ve got leftover white meat, cranberry chutney and sweet-potato soufflé. We’ve got the blogging equivalent: stories that were pretty
Filed under TMI: Every week, there’s just too much information on the web, and a lot of stuff just gets lost in the shuffle.
A recent report from a subsidiary of Wikileaks has blown the lid off some shocking secret plans for America’s three wars. Unfortunately, no mainstream
2010 has been the first calendar year for Occasional Planet’s eclectic, under-the-news-radar, occasionally-humorous-and-often-opinionated potpourri of mostly positive posts on progressive people, programs and ideas.
[A CNN poll, released on Dec. 23, 2010, offers some encouraging news–and perhaps a word of caution– for President Obama.] Two nights before Christmas,
In the world outside Washington DC, Halloween officially rolls around just once a year. But inside the Beltway, the political funhouse is open for