The Plagued Parent

posts about surviving our children, the Baby Boomers who raised us, and everyone else with an opinion...

Month: February 2015

Higher Ed Under Siege

The new Commissioner of Higher Education in the State of Rhode Island recently met with my community college’s faculty association to give us the bad news. He described it in the most business like of terms. Make no mistake, he said, This is a hostile takeover by your legislature. Expect that you will be repurposed. […]

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Last night we rented Birdman. My prediction: it will win Best Picture at the Oscars tonight; Alejandro González Iñárritu should win Best Director; and it should win for Best Screenplay. Michael Keaton took the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a lead role so I’ll go out on a limb and say he takes the Oscar as well. […]

Stone in Pocket

Pebbles lain out like a glistening carpet beneath the stream each washed smooth, clean a visitor notices one among all others and stretches through currents retrieving That stone one of many irreplaceable its absence unacceptable a presence imbued with gravity and affirmation a shining, charmed piece in the pocket of anothers life.

Follow up to “Our Burden” post

In researching my previous post regarding hunger, some information came to my attention that did not make it into the article. My home state of Rhode Island, one of the hardest hit with respect to the recent recession saw unemployment hovering at almost 12% (2011) until recently resting itself at 6.8% (2014). In 2008 our […]

The Arrival

I took the train into the city because of the snow and now I worry about being able to get back home. Boston’s transit system has not aged well and for days many stand waiting for hours to move themselves across town in the arctic cold. The commuter rail seemed to be moving better than […]

Hey you, stop sucking

I’m sick so I’ve had a lot of time to creep around the internet. Perhaps in my ill state I’m a little cranky, but my overall impression of things online today has been that some people suck. There’s a Mom feeling badly about herself because she feels under appreciated. That’s pretty normal, but it still […]

Our Burden to Carry

As a nation we face legitimate threats that eclipse all of the non-sensical fears being tossed at us on a weekly basis — North Korea, Muslim invasion, illegal immigrants, Iran, blah, blah, blah! Its truly time to consider rethinking the relevance of our rhetoric and re-ordering our domestic priorities. Serious attention should be paid to […]

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