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While various towns in the ol’ North State struggle with decisions of growth, I decided to notice how other places are handling it. Darling Husband and I traversed Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey (yes, there are many small towns in Jersey), Rhode Island and New Hampshire on our annual vac…

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While Donald Trump clumsily tries to buy Greenland and gets rebuffed, he also starts quoting a radio host who now calls him the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” I have to say I expected better from Trump and God.

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Let me see if I understand our president’s thinking. Unlike predecessors who tended to keep their scrapping with other U.S. politicians in-country, he now seems to be seeking approval — or some form of affiliation — with tyrants against potential nominees for the upcoming election.

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The bridges of Paris were thronged deep, not with lovers kissing, but with Parisians watching history burn. They gathered like a village would when a great person is passing by. Thousands upon thousands mourned as fire stole their history — you might have hoped that many tears could stop the…

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Scott Walker and all the others, some in our very own state, should be getting massive coal deliveries any day now. Massive! It would seem that the GOP has decided that when people vote for Democrats — and I can only assume independents as well — the voters don’t really mean it.

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I don’t mind driving alone if Darling Husband cannot come with me. Today was such a day. I spent hours alone with Jon Meacham and his quite wonderful new book on Audible: “The Soul of America.” I recommend it to you as a great Christmas/Hanukkah gift. It is a historical look at how the natio…

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Let me see if I understand the GOP position on sexual assault.  If you are a white male, any age, you get at least one assault as a “gimme.” You are not required to go through a legitimate investigation. “He isn’t the type of guy” or “I really like him” is good enough.

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Watching “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about Fred Rogers and how he came to be a PBS and children’s advocate icon was thrilling and uplifting. His calling was to see children both at the level of their height(when he was with them) and the level of their incredibly rich and risky development.

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Your head will spin if you follow the bouncing ball of explanations from presidential adviser Stephen Miller — who says it is policy — to Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — who says it isn’t — to Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who cherry-picks the Bible to support injuring children. Pre…

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Any time two world leaders meet to actually talk and build bridges, that can only be construed as a good thing. Hope resides within such a meeting. My problem is not in the meeting but in the whitewash of who it is Mr. Trump met with recently in Singapore.

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While listening to the recent questioning of Mark Zuckerberg, the senators felt a little like Claude Rains in “Casablanca,” who was “shocked — shocked!” to find gambling going on at Rick’s, just as they handed him his takings for the night.

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No one remembers why my middle sister walked into the headmaster’s office at Sandy Springs Friends School in Maryland on that particular day. That was where she saw the lone application on a table. Why she noticed it, we don’t know. But there it was, the last student application for an excha…

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Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of a town hall meeting actually had several versions — with a slight change in point of view and a few minor changes to the “supporting characters” and to the main man standing to make his voice heard.

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Over 150 young women came forward to testify against Dr. Larry Nassar, who was the women’s team doctor of USA Gymnastics for over two decades.

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When We the People decided to break from the Crown, one of the things that must have been in the mix of the conversation in Philadelphia was: How low do we have to bow? How many poor decisions do we have to swallow? How many rules that suppress us before we come to this table to ask for redress?

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Seldom do I disagree with my colleague Steve Bouser, but his Sept. 20 column about hoping to see live theater return to the Sunrise Theater is one of those times. I spent 35 years in New York professional theater, and there are some elements of making good theater that it seems the Sunrise i…

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Everyone loves to get away. Even in retirement, there are stresses and demands on our time, so getting out of town for a few days can lighten the load. Unless there is a hurricane seemingly headed toward your house way back home — which is the situation we found ourselves in last week.

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The shots rang out on a beautiful morning a while back in the D.C. area, shots that were meant to kill congressmen. Injury and death followed the ringing of the shots, the cries of pain and the struggle to get out of plain sight.

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I am traveling throughout the Cotswolds of England, viewing some of the most lovely country in this “jewel set in a silver sea.”

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Many of us have a belief that there is something after our death, something called heaven. Or the afterlife. Or other names which I do not know.

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Rep. Mo Brooks said it was unfair that healthy “people who lead good lives” should have to subsidize the insurance of unhealthier ones who clearly did not lead good lives.

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The world is swimming in controversies, and it is easy to pick sides — but less easy to look and ask real questions within our hearts as to who we are and who we wish to be.

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I am trying to think of a better way to increase hostility in the Muslim world than to take families who are looking for shelter away from terror and terrorists — and give them wholesale banning instead. I really can’t think of one.

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The president-elect is scaring me now. I don’t agree with many of his positions, but that is not what is scaring me. I am truly scared by someone who does not do his homework and is the leader of the largest military complex (which really has two meanings in this age) in the world.

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The Cubs have won the World Series. The election race is not decided as I write this. Of course, we all care who wins, since our lives are going to be impacted by all those in that particular race. But I think I will take my lead from the Cubs and Indians.

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Let us leave aside the fact that the awful tape released involved a nominee for the highest office in the land. Let us leave aside that the other nominee not only has faults but a husband who, in the past, behaved very badly. Let us talk of words and women.

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There is a lot about this election year that makes many of us crazy, no matter what side of the equation we are on. But one thing that we ought to take a hard look at is this: Women can’t/shouldn’t be president. Women aren’t presidential or tough enough.