Plague Hospital

Easter, 2020: Is This What Trump Wants?

The original to this parody was a look back at a real Easter intentional disaster, in Ireland in 1916, the Easter Rising that led to killings and then executions by the British. I don't want to trivialize that, but a new "terrible beauty" could be born this Easter if we refuse to give human lives … Continue reading Easter, 2020: Is This What Trump Wants?

A girl suffering from yellow fever.

Interlude: Our Lives

The ancestor I am named for traveled to Norfolk, VA with his daughter Esther in 1800. They both died there of yellow fever and were buried there in an unmarked grave along with other victims of an outbreak not large enough to be considered notable, so common were such occurrences at that time. Though vaccination … Continue reading Interlude: Our Lives

Debate cartoon by Isaac Cruikshank

Primary Debates: It’s Time to Stop the Idiocy and Get Serious

What is wrong with our Democratic candidates? In Las Vegas on Wednesday night, three Democratic primary candidates, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar, could do no more than try to drag down the others. Two, Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden, stood there contributing little. And one, Bernie Sanders, simply said what he has said … Continue reading Primary Debates: It’s Time to Stop the Idiocy and Get Serious

Eric Hoffer in the Oval Office--During Lyndon Johnson's presidency

Overcoming the Travesty of Belief

The outrages foisted on the United States by a belligerent minority defy belief. Nothing we've experienced prepared us for what is happening now. Though the above was said, pre-Trump, by the right, it is we in the real, inclusive majority (a majority that, unfortunately, doesn't cohere as Trump's new  Republicans do) who are facing the … Continue reading Overcoming the Travesty of Belief