SHORT SHRIFT: little attention or consideration in dealing with a person or matter


I suspect that everyone has one of those reocurring dreams that has something to do with (her) career.   As a student it usually had something to do with getting to the day before graduation and receiving a message that the registrar has discovered that you lack one math course in order to meet the graduation […]

CONSTIPATED: to cause to become slow-moving or immobilized


I debated over and over if I wanted to use this word, knowing that someone would say I was just being crude.  But when I discovered something about the word constipated that I never knew, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go ahead.  Hopefully, my use of the word constipated caught your […]

VICTORY: that which is ascribed to a winner, not a loser


This morning is a morning of victory…for the American people.   The entire Congress (meaning both houses) and the President have signed the legislation to re-open the government and to issue a temporary relief in the debt ceiling debate.  It’s not ideal, but it’s a victory, nonetheless. It is not a victory for the President…yet.   The […]

DIPLOMACY: the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations.


At dinner last night in a wonderful restaurant in Attleboro, Massachusetts, we two couples agreed that we were as discouraged about the political climate as we have been in a long time.   We all had been paying attention to the confusion, chaos, and negativity which has surrounded the President, Congress, The United Nations, Syria, Russia […]

FECKLESS: ineffective or incompetent


Dear Mr. Braude and Ms. Egan, I listen to your program almost daily on WGBH in Boston.  I’m somewhat addicted to NPR, and I love the format of talk shows like yours that take time with their guests.  Too many times these kind of shows are “Slam, bam, thank you ma’am…” kinds of formats and […]

DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act (terminally ill)


DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, born on September 21, 1996, was pronounced terminally ill by The United States Supreme Court, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The 16-year-old bill was declared unconstitutional. This means that it can no longer be defended by United States officials and that states that have enacted legislation permitting same-gender marriage […]