Spooky, Isn’t It?

This is our first house, in Brockton, Massachusetts. We lived there 1986-89. There were two families of Cape Verdeans next door who always invited us to their parties and shared their wonderful food with us. My favorite was something they called pastel, a scrumptious fried fish pie that contributed mightily …

Beausoleil Is Coming Your Way!

Beausoleil, the best Cajun band in the world, is playing in Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin next week — and Chicago, Minneapolis, Wilkesboro, and other venues nationwide early next year. Michael Doucet (the fiddler) and his group played at our wedding in the French Quarter in New Orleans in …

Your Weekly Politickle

I never could see the appeal of Happy Days, but The Andy Griffith Show, in my opinion, was the single best television comedy ever broadcast. Sheriff Andy Taylor was my surrogate TV father when I was growing up (Laura Petrie my surrogate mom, from whom I became alienated when she …

Invincible Ignorance

Discovered to my shock that a moderate-to-conservative relative was planning to vote for Obama and, assuming he was unaware of Obama’s unsavory connections and socialist identity, emailed him a link to IBD Editorials. I received this [excerpted] reply: I appreciate your attempt to educate me as to Obama’s flaws, Bob, …

Hey, Where Y’at?

NARROWCASTER “Like a beast in a bottomless bog Who parades in perpetual fog, Though unseen and unheard I’m supremely assured In the bliss of my blithering blog.” Well, that was my take on blogging four years ago. Once again, as often happens, I was wrong. But I’ve always learned from …