The Whole Story
Oct28

The Whole Story

WASHINGTON — It was the fall of 1979. The Washington Post, which I considered the greatest newspaper in the world, was considering me for a job covering the District of Columbia’s new mayor, an interesting character named Marion Barry. I knew that a couple of Post editors were going to take me to lunch. What I didn’t know was that the great Ben Bradlee was coming along. I ordered what turned out to be the driest...

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UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down
Oct22

UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down

UPDATE: The Parliment Buildings are no longer on lockdown in Ottawa. Soldier murdered appears to have been shot in the back. He was Corp Nathan Cerillo, a father of a young kindergarden aged son. The long gunfire in the parliment building which has cathedral ceilings was hugely amplified and terrifying to those in the building. Four others were injured and taken to the hospital, one a security guard. The top security officer of the...

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Remembering ‘Aussie’ Vera Palmer
Oct07

Remembering ‘Aussie’ Vera Palmer

When we met her at her cozy home in Canberra, Australia, last October, she was a young 98. As we chatted about Australian history and immigration, my eyes caught a white, blue and silver metallic torch on top of a cabinet in her living room, very similar to an Olympic Torch. And lo and behold, it was an Olympic Torch — a 2000 Sydney Olympics Torch. The lovely lady we were talking to, Vera Palmer, had participated in the 2000...

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Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox
Sep22

Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox

The eve of the first day of autumn at the mountain retreat began with a stroll to the road and our mailbox under a sunlit canopy of leaves just beginning to turn to the sublime reds, oranges, yellows and browns of the season. The mailbox disgorged a phone bill, the new issue of Vanity Fair (“Hell in the Ebola Hot Zone!”), several advertising circulars and some dragon smoke. Alas, as I walked back to the house, my mind was...

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9-11 Elegy
Sep11

9-11 Elegy

Just this: may all souls be comforted in ways that matter to each soul. May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times. May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at. May we be sad with those who are sad. May we be glad with those who find a bit of gladness. May we not relive, but remember the goodness of the good souls. And especially may we be healed by invisible hands and by visible hearts more and more as time goes...

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Pet Bloging
Sep08

Pet Bloging

In the early days of blogging Friday was a day to do pet blogging.  As near as I can tell this has rarely been the case at TMV. When I was growing up we had both a cat and a dog  and I must admit I never bonded with either of them.  After at returning from 3 years in Germany  I volunteered at the local Zoo’s raptor program.  It was strange, I had a way with birds and even those that could hurt me didn’t.  I eventually got...

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Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform (Sortof) [by Slamfu, Guest Voice]
Sep05

Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform (Sortof) [by Slamfu, Guest Voice]

image: wikimedia Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform by slamfu Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that after all the whining from people like myself about how campaign finance laws have handed this country over to the wealthiest elites, the corporations, and anyone with deep pockets and an axe to grind, it turns out the Senateis actually taking some steps in the right direction. On Monday, the Senate...

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Cartoon: Joan Rivers
Sep05

Cartoon: Joan Rivers

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Joan Rivers R.I.P: A Sad Ending To An Often Painful Life Story
Sep05

Joan Rivers R.I.P: A Sad Ending To An Often Painful Life Story

Joan Rivers’ humor was not for the faint of heart, or the thin-skinned. The sometimes ruthless comedienne, who died on Thursday at the age of 81, took no prisoners when it came to put-down comedy; even a breezy stroll down the red carpet had the potential to become a roast when she was around. You’d...

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Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug17

Remembering Robin Williams

I am still reeling from the loss of Robin Williams. Just came across one of the shortest, yet most touching tributes to “my...

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Parkinson’s May Have Played A Role In Robin Williams’ Suicide
Aug14
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World Cartoonists Remember Robin Williams
Aug14

World Cartoonists Remember Robin Williams

Cartoonists around the world are continuing to offer their tributes to comedy and acting great Robin Williams. Here’s a cross section: These copyrighted cartoons are licensed by Cagle Cartoons to run on TMV. Reproduction without licensing is strictly...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug13

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams by Michael Winship Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. He came bearing bagels. Lots and lots of bagels. He was, as a colleague said last night, a mensch. The first time...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Robin Williams
Aug12

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Robin Williams

OF RELATED INTEREST: --Fox News makes blunder in reporting Robin Williams’ death (wrongly identified footage — and Shepard Smith called Williams a “coward” and had to apologize). –Robin Williams Committed Suicide by Hanging Himself, Police Say --Furor over graphic details of Robin Williams’ death –Robin Williams and depression: We all wear a mask Mike Peters is recognized as one of our...

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High Praises for Robin Williams
Aug12

High Praises for Robin Williams

So much has already been said here and elsewhere mourning the death of Robin Williams and celebrating his incredible talents and humanity, that I will not even try to add, except to say he was my favorite actor and comedian — a beautiful person. But, perhaps, one of the greatest tributes to Robin Williams is the quickness and number of touching messages and statements made and released by our nation’s leaders expressing sincere...

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Cartoon: Robin Williams Memorial
Aug11

Cartoon: Robin Williams Memorial

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Robin Williams is Gone, Ay! Long Live the Fisher King
Aug11

Robin Williams is Gone, Ay! Long Live the Fisher King

Robin Williams, was not only a consummate actor and tour de force comedian. He appeared to also be a lovable Puer Aeternus, an eternal boy; and also a Pater Familias, a father not only to his own but to many many young persons pursuing comedy careers. He was also a Lover — of life, so so deeply and so sensitively. His role in Fisher King* was hardly an act, regarding his character’s so easily written upon self, his...

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The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)
Jul19

The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)

ROBERT STEIN AND HELEN HAYES (UNDATED) The New York Times, celebrates late TMV contributor Robert Stein’s career. The Times says he helped expand the scope of women’s magazines in the early stages of the modern women’s movement, published articles about race and politics and introduced readers to the nascent writings of feminist leaders like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. Much more here. EDITOR’S UPDATE: Many...

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Robert Stein, veteran journalist, magazine editor, book editor, blogger and TMV co-blogger dies at 90
Jul12

Robert Stein, veteran journalist, magazine editor, book editor, blogger and TMV co-blogger dies at 90

Robert Stein, the veteran Greatest Generation journalist, magazine editor, book editor and, later in life, superb blogger, has passed away. He was a co-blogger here at TMV, admired by its writers and readers. I also had the pleasure of visiting him for a few hours at his Connecticut home about 7 years ago. His son Keith put this post on Bob Stein’s blog Connecting the Dots: SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014 Robert Stein: March 1924...

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