Monthly Archive: November 2012

Meet the Sousa Family

As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, with real hopes, dreams, and challenges. As a former member of the Board of Directors and volunteer for Sacramento’s chapter, I believe in Habitat for Humanity. Simply stated, Sac-Habitat improves our community, one family at …

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Meet the Nguyen Family

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I hope you’ve survived Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Today is “Giving Tuesday.” As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, with real hopes, dreams, and challenges. As a former member of the Board of Directors and volunteer …

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Our Flabby Language VI (Redux)

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NOTE:  And, finally, another look at the sixth installment of Our Flabby Language.  (I posted the newer ones, VII and VIII, in September.  You can read them here and here.)–EGF   Picking up from last week: From Swirling to the bitter end, and possible penance: “Swirling.” Open your newspaper. Children swirl. Hair swirls. Rumors swirl. …

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TARP/SchmARP–They’re All Schlemiels

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, but Dr. Barry Pascal has other turkeys on his mind–the ones who tanked our retirement accounts, forcing us husbands to retire elsewhere on important connubial occasions. He thinks he knows why, and how we all can maintain a firm fingernail-hold on the fiscal cliff. You can find Barry‘s humorous works for sale …

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Teww Sssssaxxy fer Mysssssaaalf (Redux)

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NOTE:  Still suffering from campaign fatigue—and increasingly annoyed at Republicans trying to change the “more revenues mandate” subject by concocting a national security “crisis.” Good time to refocus on another persistent social problem related to language: delivery.—EGF   [Warning! Particularly curmudgeonly fulminations ahead. If you’re under, say, 35 and female you might want to spend …

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Our Flabby Language V (Redux)

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NOTE:  Continuing from last Wednesday, following is a do-over for the fifth installment of Our Flabby Language.  (One more to follow, next Wednesday.)–EGF   Picking up from last week:  From Rumspeak to Sufferin’ Suffixes: Rumspeak. The first month or so our venerable Secretary of Defense played illocutionary dodgeball with the press—that is, before we actually knew he …

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Dr. B.: “Just One More Flush!”

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Here’s Dr. Barry Pascal, joining us again to wrestle with another great, if overlooked, issue of the day.  (It appears he was overlooking his shorts; crumpled trousers; shoes; and a small bathmat  while composing his thoughts. We can only hope he washed his hands.) You can find Barry‘s humorous works for sale here.—EGF   Just …

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My Story: “Midterms”

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Following is my entry in NPR’s Round Nine of their occasional feature, “Three Minute Fiction,” in which they invite listeners to submit an original, unpublished story of 600 or fewer words which fulfills a condition set by that Round’s author-judge.  In this case, each story had to “reference a U.S. President, real or fictional.”  Inasmuch …

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Our Flabby Language IV (Redux)

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NOTE:  Continuing from last Wednesday, here’s a reprise of the fourth installment of Our Flabby Language.  (Two more to follow, on Wednesdays.)–EGF   Picking up from last week: From Naked/Nude through Rollout/Runup: Naked/Nude Pictures/Photographs. Are there any other kind? (I hereby pardon the late Rodney Dangerfield posthumously on this one, on grounds of comedic license …

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Dr. B’s “History of Me”

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Here’s Dr. Barry Pascal, with the last installment in his personal “Death Triology,” in which he worries about how his son, Jonathan, will keep his memory alive after he’s gone–until he realizes his salvation has been assured by his personal reluctance to throw anything away. (Much to his wife’s consternation.) You can find Barry‘s humorous …

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Is the U.S. Senate Obsolete–II?

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Picking up from last Friday:  Fixing the filibuster: the “Nuclear Option?”   Fun Fact:  One historian believes that the filibuster originated, not as a deliberate and cherished bulwark against runaway majoritarianism, but as a mistake: The House and Senate rulebooks in 1789 were nearly identical. Both rulebooks included what is known as the “previous question” …

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