Monday, May 22, 2017

The Generation Gasp

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Once upon a time, watching television was for Philistines. The uncultured masses would tune in to watch the latest sitcom every night, blissfully ignorant, while the intellectuals would sit in their ivory towers reading books, or at the very least saving their money for a subscription to a network like HBO or Showtime, where all the "artsy" television supposedly dwelled.

That's how the joke goes, anyway. These days, though, a few shows have me questioning the old adage that television is just for dummies and couch potatoes.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Our most faithful fan does not live in Lehighton or Jim Thorpe or Tamaqua, or anywhere in the hard coal region.

No, he lives on the other side of the world. Dan Bloom is a freelance writer and ex-patriot, who resides in Taiwan where, he says, he is "buffeted around by Pacific typhoons every summer." Maybe that's why he worries a lot about climate change.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


There's an old saying: "They treat me like a mushroom. They keep me in the dark and feed me B.S." I know I'm a mushroom and hope that, at least, I may be a Portobello.

First off, there's the cosmic mystery. Where did the universe come from? If it's expanding, what is it expanding into? These questions give me butterflies in my stomach. I try hard never to think about them. I have butterflies right now. Let's change the subject.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Writing down one's dirty secrets and posting them all over the web is de rigueur these days. It's hardly edgy or shocking to read the intimate details of a person's sex life, mental issues, or weight problems.

Heck, not too long ago a woman live-tweeted her miscarriage yup, that means she was writing about it on the Internet literally while it was happening.

Saturday, August 31, 2013


So Bradley Manning wants to be called Chelsea. I wonder how Chelsea Clinton feels about that.

Fort Leavenworth prison officials say he'll get no hormones and no surgery. Manning's lawyer calls this cruel and unusual punishment and vows to sue.

Advocates of transgender convicts claim (per recent news reports), "Self-castration, suicide and waves of desperation are byproducts of the denial of sex hormones to inmates yearning to switch genders." Sounds pretty grim, doesn't it?

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Last Saturday, I did a seven-hour continuing legal education workshop entitled "Counter Terrorism Issues." The title was taken from my newest textbook of the same name. Thirty-six local lawyers turned out for the program, which included a look at the case of Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army major who killed 13 of his comrades at Fort Hood some four years ago. Charged with 13 counts of pre-mediated murder, Hasan's court martial started on Tuesday, August 6th.

Saturday, August 10, 2013


"Are you aware that Fran has chosen teal for her bridesmaids? Teal, the color of gangrene. Oh, and 'I Honestly Love You' as your wedding song? You might as well commit matrimonial suicide right now!" The Wedding Planner.

I think I can safely say that, at this point in time, I am smack dab in the middle of full-blown wedding planning. And it's not pretty.

Saturday, August 3, 2013


On Tuesday, PFC Bradley Manning was found guilty on 19 of 21 counts by a U.S. Army Court Martial. Manning was arrested in May 2011, after he leaked a massive amount of sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks. His conviction includes five counts of espionage. Although none of the individual convictions carries a life sentence, the 25-year-old Manning may end up spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


The Royal Baby was born this week, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few royals secretly sighed in relief that he was born male. Although for the first time in history, due to the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, it wouldn't have mattered if Kate gave birth to a boy or a girl, I imagine there are some who still prefer the traditional - a male heir - over the unorthodox.

Put me in the opposite camp. Of course, a baby of any gender is a blessing, and a healthy baby is the greatest blessing of all, and so on and so forth… but darn it, I wanted a girl!

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Claire lives in South Philly. Her neighborhood resembles nothing else so much as a small town. Although the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area sprawls across five Pennsylvania counties, she is a resident of a finite community that is self-aware and self-confident.

Small towns are often depicted as small-minded.