Say what?

August 7th, 2017

I’m reading a high-profile novel in which the author used the phrase “tongue and cheek.” No. The familiar expression she meant to use was “tongue in cheek.” An editor should have caught that. A proofreader should have caught that.

But while I’m on the topic of idiomatic errors, I have seen this repeatedly: “for all intensive purposes.” They meant to say “for all intents and purposes.” The first time I saw this, I laughed out loud. Now I simply sigh with grammatical sadness.

Jed’s favorite books

August 4th, 2017

Summer books recommended by Jedediah Bila on “The View”:

  • “1984″ — George Orwell
  • “The Girl on the Train” — Paula Hawkins
  • “Dancers Among Us” — Jordan Matter

This is part of the series “The Ladies Get Lit” on “The View.”

Sara recommends

August 2nd, 2017
Today’s book recommendations from @SarahHaines on @TheView:
● “Random Family” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (nonfiction, social commentary, “reads like a novel”)
● “You Knew Me When” by Emily Liebert (women’s fiction, on “friendship and sisterhood”)
● “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper (the classic children’s story)

Today’s book recommendations from Sara Haines on “TheView”:

  • “Random Family” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (nonfiction, social commentary, “reads like a novel”)
  • “You Knew Me When” by Emily Liebert (women’s fiction, on “friendship and sisterhood”)
  • “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper (the classic children’s story)

Sunny’s book list

July 27th, 2017
From “The View” — Sunny Hostin’s summer book suggestions:
“The Wedding” by Dorothy West
“The Emperor of Ocean Park” by Stephen L. Carter (a legal thriller)
“The Sunshine Sisters” by Jane Green
“Here Comes the Sun” by Nicole Dennis-Benn
From “The View” — Sunny Hostin’s summer book suggestions:
  • “The Wedding” by Dorothy West
  • “The Emperor of Ocean Park” by Stephen L. Carter (a legal thriller)
  • “The Sunshine Sisters” by Jane Green
  • “Here Comes the Sun” by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Joy’s reading list

July 21st, 2017
Joy Behar’s summer reading list:
●All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
●Giant of the Senate (Al Franken)
●The Great Gasbag (Behar)
(from “The View”)
From “The View” — Joy Behar’s summer reading list:
  • “All the Light We Cannot See” (Anthony Doerr)
  • “Giant of the Senate” (Al Franken)
  • “The Great Gasbag” (Behar)

My brother’s keeper?

July 18th, 2017

Here is one of the fundamental differences between people, particularly in politics: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Today on “The View,” Jedediah said “No!” but Sunny said “Yes!”
This is an idea I had to struggle with many years ago. The answer was a resounding “Yes! I am my brother’s keeper.”
No child should have to die if there is a way to heal them. No family should lose their home because the dad was in an accident and lost his ability to work, and they couldn’t pay both the mortgage and the hospital and rehab bills. No working mom should have to go to bed hungry so her kids could eat. No one should suffer bodily horrors because a nearby company released toxic chemicals into the water. No college graduate should ever regret the learning experience because of the mountain of debt looming over him.
For me, this is just common sense. I think this is a definition of “liberal.”
Here is one of the fundamental differences between people, particularly in politics: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Today on “The View,” Jedediah said “No!” but Sunny said “Yes!”
This is an idea I had to struggle with many years ago. The answer was a resounding “Yes! I am my brother’s keeper.”
No child should have to die if there is a way to heal them. No family should lose their home because the dad was in an accident and lost his ability to work, and they couldn’t pay both the mortgage and the hospital and rehab bills. No working mom should have to go to bed hungry so her kids could eat. No one should suffer bodily horrors because a nearby company released toxic chemicals into the water. No college graduate should ever regret the learning experience because of the mountain of debt looming over him.
For me, this is just common sense. I think this is a definition of “liberal.”

Whoopi recommends …

July 13th, 2017
Book recommendations from Whoopi Goldberg on “The View”:
“The Dry”–Jane Harper
“Come Sundown”–Nora Roberts
“The Changeling”–Victor LaValle
“Since We Fell”–Dennis Lehane
“The Immortals”–Jordanna Max Brodsky
“Ten Restaurants That Changed America”–Paul Freedman
“Final Girls”–Riley Sager
Book recommendations from Whoopi Goldberg on “The View”:
  • “The Dry”–Jane Harper
  • “Come Sundown”–Nora Roberts
  • “The Changeling”–Victor LaValle
  • “Since We Fell”–Dennis Lehane
  • “The Immortals”–Jordanna Max Brodsky
  • “Ten Restaurants That Changed America”–Paul Freedman
  • “Final Girls”–Riley Sager

Happy birthday, Thoreau

July 12th, 2017

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

– Henry David Thoreau

(It’s his 200th birthday.)

Sugary O.D.

June 6th, 2017

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Fortune cookie non-fortune causes overdose of gooey, sugary sweetness.

Truth

May 24th, 2017

I’m always amazed by people who think the truth has a liberal bias & is therefore not credible. If they don’t believe it, it can’t be the truth.

It won’t end well

May 18th, 2017

At some point, we may be able to get rid of this insane clown president. (It won’t be pretty, and it will hurt the country, but it will hurt us even more if he stays.) BUT we will never be able to get rid of his sycophant supporters. (Oh, I don’t really want them to go anywhere; they are Americans; some are our neighbors and even relatives. I just want them to learn basic civics and face reality. Those things will never happen.)

And IF we are able to unseat the 45th president, those who worship him will never forgive us. They may even consider his ouster an act of war or domestic terrorism. Whichever way this ends, I see potential catastrophe.

Poor baby

May 16th, 2017

Seriously.

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Maternity leave

May 14th, 2017
From “CBS Sunday Morning”:
“Maternity leave by the numbers: As of last year, the United States was the only one of 41 advanced nations to offer ZERO weeks of paid maternity leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 does offer some employees the option of taking up to 12 weeks off, but it’s unpaid leave. In 2015, … fewer than 10 percent (7.5 percent) of new mothers in our country took ANY maternity leave. The more educated a woman is, the more likely she is to have the option of leave (71.6 percent of those who attended college; 5.7 percent of those with less than a high school education). … In 2015, fewer than half of all women on maternity leave were paid by their employers (47.5 percent), but 70 percent of MEN on paternity leave continued to get their salaries.”
Happy Mother’s Day!
From “CBS Sunday Morning”:

“Maternity leave by the numbers: As of last year, the United States was the only one of 41 advanced nations to offer ZERO weeks of paid maternity leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 does offer some employees the option of taking up to 12 weeks off, but it’s unpaid leave. In 2015, … fewer than 10 percent (7.5 percent) of new mothers in our country took ANY maternity leave. The more educated a woman is, the more likely she is to have the option of leave (71.6 percent of those who attended college; 5.7 percent of those with less than a high school education). … In 2015, fewer than half of all women on maternity leave were paid by their employers (47.5 percent), but 70 percent of MEN on paternity leave continued to get their salaries.”

Still think there’s pay equity?

Spicey

May 12th, 2017

Sean Spicer hiding amongst the Bushes.

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The easy way

April 26th, 2017

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Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:

“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”

Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:
“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”

Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:
“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”
Muffy on “Arthur,” trying to avoid as much exercise as possible on their mountain hike:
“Is there a place where the top of the mountain is closer to the bottom?”

Square peg, round hole?

April 11th, 2017

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Someone recently told me he had always felt like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. I have described myself that way. Many of us feel like that.

Know that you are what you need to be. You are a spiritual being having a physical experience. You are made of love. There is no square or round in the spiritual state of love. We are all one, together. We all fit together.

In this context, you can love the person who has all the talents and blessings you have and who has endured all you have endured — you. ♥

History

March 20th, 2017
“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”
– attributed to Mark Twain

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”

– attributed to Mark Twain

Call for impeachment

March 18th, 2017

I’m done. I’m just done. I stepped back, because I respect the Constitution and the American system. He was elected. I had to accept that.

But this guy is dangerously ignorant. Not stupid — ignorant. He lies constantly. He flaunts the laws, rules, and ethics of the office of president.

statue-of-liberty-face-palm-2He has no tact, refuses to learn, denies reality, looks at everything as to how it will affect HIM. He installs incompetent people in positions of power, proposes to strip many of the programs that “make America great,” is incapable of high-level diplomacy, embarrasses Americans as well as foreign guests, provokes international incidents for a laugh, gets his intel from a pundit on Fox News whom even Fox News has disavowed (rather than reading daily intel from the U.S. intelligence community), disrespects former presidents, and taunts foreign leaders over social media. This person might just get us into a war with a casual word or two on Twitter.

His supporters double-down in their admiration for him, loving him for all the outrage he causes, laughing in the faces of the liberals they hate, happy that he’s fulfilling campaign promises, unaware that they are some of the people who will be hurt the most by his programs, and refusing to see the peril in which he has placed us all.

I’m not making fun here of the way he looks, or his wife or children, or even his male chauvinism or his extravagant lifestyle. I have always said that anybody has the right to be a jerk.

But he’s so unstable that he needs to be stopped. The risk is greater every single day that he will say or tweet something irretrievably catastrophic.

Our nation is in jeopardy. Donald Trump must be impeached. As soon as possible.

A Day for the Irish

March 17th, 2017

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

R.I.P. Bill Walsh

March 16th, 2017

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“Bill Walsh, a Washington Post copy editor who wrote three irreverent books about his craft, noting evolutions and devolutions of language, the indispensability of hyphens and his hostility toward semicolons, and distinctions — for the sake of clarity — between Playboy Playmates and Playboy Bunnies, died March 15 at a hospice center in Arlington, Va. He was 55.”

What a loss. I’ve admired the curmudgeon for a long time — since I discovered his website — and I enjoy his books. What a wonderful sense of humor he had. My kind of person — a funny word lover. So sad.

(Click on photo for obit.)

Book Day!

March 2nd, 2017

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Happy National Book Day!!

Belief

February 28th, 2017
People believe what they need to believe. People believe what they want to believe.
– Mary Louise Ruehr

People believe what they need to believe.

People believe what they want to believe.

– Mary Louise Ruehr

Duck duck goose?

February 20th, 2017

Anatidaephobia: The fear that somewhere in the world a duck or goose is watching you.

In chains

February 9th, 2017

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“That’s just what they want: for you to doubt yourself. As long as they can make you think you’re not worthy, they still got you in chains.”

–Jodi Picoult, “Small Great Things”

Crash course in hatred

January 25th, 2017

“How do you give a crash course in hatred to a boy who has only known love?”

– Emmett Till’s mother

Above all else

December 14th, 2016

“My eyes long for you, above all else.”

– Catherine of Aragon

in her last letter to King Henry VIII

Send a thank-you note

November 10th, 2016

We can send Hillary a thank-you card for all the hard work she’s done on our behalf:

Hillary Clinton
Post Office Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256

Thank you, Hillary

November 9th, 2016

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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2016

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The use of fear

October 12th, 2016
“The fact is that no Republican politician enjoys the widespread appeal, deep devotion, or impressive record of public service that Hillary does. The only way they can win is by using fear and sensationalism to undermine honest debate.”
–David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”
“There arose a professional political class on the right, bankrupt of ideas and issues, whose sole and relentless preoccupation is slinging mud at the liberal alternative.” –David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”
“The fact is that no Republican politician enjoys the widespread appeal, deep devotion, or impressive record of public service that Hillary does. The only way they can win is by using fear and sensationalism to undermine honest debate.”
–David Brock, “Killing the Messenger”