Behind the Barn

Posted with permission from Richard S. Gilbert, this lovely piece of writing sets the stage for what happened in 2008. The second Barn for Barack was a story we posted as a slide show in September, 2008. Thank you, Richard, for allowing us a glimpse into the family and the people behind the Second Barn […]

Palin the Beauty Pageant Contestant

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Jimmy Zuma bases his blog, Smart v. Stupid on the premise that Today’s battle for power is between smart and stupid. His political commentary, he says, is “aimed at elevating smart ideas and debunking dumb ones.”  This much I got from an e-mail newsletter that came my way. I don’t agree […]

In Strange Company

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson My ego is healthy enough to allow me to subscribe to Google Alert. The basic service is free; you give it a search term (or more than one) and every day it sends you links to places where that term appears on the Web. If you’re a writer who depends on […]

Little Things You Can Do to Make the World a Lot Nicer

By Daphne Bishop Do I hear you bemoaning the sorry state of the world again? Sure, you could go on about war, poverty, injustice and more. There’s plenty to complain about. Or, you could resolve to do one nice thing for someone once a week. That is exactly what Debbie Tenzer, founder of did. […]

From Sea to Shining Sea

by Debra Kozikowski This week President Obama will go from a Town Hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to a Friday visit in Bozeman, Montana.  That is definitely from one end to the other when it comes to traveling the distance in the lower 48. It’s all health care all the time during the August congressional recess as the […]

The House That Todd Built

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s funny how things happen.  On October 14, 1962, I was fixing lunch for my three children, who were 1, 4, and 5, when the phone rang. Someone was doing a survey of radio listeners.  “Is your radio on now?” she asked.  It wasn’t.  We both hung up. I don’t know […]

What Bill Maher Said

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: Fox News I may have my head handed to me for this one, but this quote from Bill Maher’s June 19 monologue, “New Rules,” on HBO is something I wish I’d written. [… E]very time Obama tries to take on a progressive cause, there’s a major political party standing in […]

Echoes of Politics and Thanksgivings Past

By Deb Kozikowski I recently attended a lecture by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a historian and author of Team of Rivals, where she related an interesting story about President-elect Barack Obama. Before his election, Obama called Goodwin to ask what insight she had extracted from the many diaries and letters she’d reviewed while researching Abraham Lincoln’s […]


J. Marcus When a campaign takes a kitchen sink approach, there needs to be some time spent afterwards to de-rile the masses. Hillary Clinton did this easily, and the votes show she did it successfully, as her goals were the same as Obama’s. John McCain and Sarah Palin have no such desires, so they’ve gone […]

ACORN says, “Not this time.”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson ACORN, the organization dedicated to advocacy for low- and moderate-income people, is fighting back against the McCain Campaign and Republican Party’s attempt to brand them as a danger to American democracy., by charging them with voter fraud. Granted, a few bad apples have tried to pad their paychecks by filing voter […]