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Charlottesville: could it happen here?

One blue-eyed, baby-faced demonstrator in Charlottesville, Virginia tells you all you need to know about what drives the alt-right haters, the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and their ilk.  Said Sean Patrick Nielsen, “I’m here because our Republican values … Continue reading

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Can bipartisanship keep Trump at bay?

Donald Trump has left the White House. For 17 days. For a vacation in New Jersey. Is it safe to come out? Initially, I thought so.  After Senators John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski stood tall to defeat a … Continue reading

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Finding America in Freedom

This is Old Home Week in Freedom, New Hampshire, population 1500. The town was incorporated in 1832 after it seceded from next-door Effingham in a dispute over whose taxes would pay for a bridge between the two. Freedom is a … Continue reading

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Escape from Trump 3.0, pt. 2 – non-fiction

  History is often best revealed through the personal stories and relationships of individuals. So it is with these non-fiction books I’ve read of late. An Invisible Thread is a deeply personal memoir of two lives brought together by one small … Continue reading

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Escape from Trump 3.0 – real fiction

On a rainy October-like day, there’s nothing like settling in with good fiction to escape from the Trumpian travails of our time. Here, in no particular order, are some of the books I’ve been reading over the past months. The … Continue reading

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Finally, a good Russian story.  No, not Vladimir Putin or lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with DJT, Jr.  Instead, it was Daniil Trifonovv, the brilliant young pianist who thrilled audiences last week at Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of … Continue reading

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America celebrates – despite Trump

Welcoming summer’s glories with friends in Ogunquit, listening languidly to waves lapping the rock-strewn sandy beach, long walks on the Marginal Way, lobster and steamers – life’s pleasures endure, despite the despicable political environment. Our nation’s birthday is still a … Continue reading

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