On President Obama’s announcement this evening

I remember the morning and the shock we all felt. I remember going to the grocery store and strangely seeing all my neighbors grocery-shopping at an odd time of day. I remember the pain and feeling of isolation an Afghan dad at our kids’ school described.

I also remember our collective shock when we saw others, from mostly Muslim countries, dancing in the streets that day.

So, somehow, dancing and celebrating doesn’t seem right. Instead, it feels like something to mourn. It feels like something to remember. It feels like a moment of silence. 

More of My Parents’ Story

Have I mentioned my parents’ age? My dad is 91. He bakes bread most days each week. Some days he makes buttercrust rolls, using a recipe he had from his restaurant. Other days he bakes what we call “Acme-style” or The New York Times bread, using the recipe Mark Bittman published a few years ago, which came from Jim Lahey’s recipe. My dad has made endless variations on that bread, from rye to wheat to cinammon-raisin. As with everything, he’s always tweaking.

My mom is nearly 90. She just had cataract surgery and described the color of a bluejay as an indescribable color of blue. She says it’s like a cloud has been lifted from her eyes, and she sees things so much more clearly. I wish there was an equivalently simple procedure for her hip and legs. 

Other People’s Stories Continue …


Combat photographer Joao Silva, on voyeurism: “Somehow the camera gives us access to the most intimate moments in peoples’ lives. And you do feel out of place when you’re photographing a mother cradling a dead son or whatever the case may be. Or a young Marine helping an injured friend — you do feel like you’re somewhat out of place. But at the same time, you know that it’s important to do it. It’s what you’re doing there. Otherwise, stay home and hang out with your Playstation.”

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Described as “another small victory for truth.”


Senator Jon Kyl had his lie about Planned Parenthood erased, using a tactic that only members of Congress can use.

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Today’s Fresh Air, Susan Freinkel on chemicals in plastics: “These chemicals act in a more convoluted and complicated way.  ”They interfere with our hormones and they interfere with the endocrine system, which is the network of glands that orchestrate growth and development. And there’s some research showing that DEHP, this chemical that’s in vinyl [used in IV bags] has this property. It interferes with testosterone.” [complete interview here]

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When Gertrude Janeway died in 2003, she was still getting a monthly cheque for $70 from the Veterans Administration—for a military pension earned by her late husband, John, on the Union side of the American civil war that ended in 1865. The pair had married in 1927, when he was 81 and she was 18. The amount may have been modest but the entitlement spanned three centuries.

A pension promise can be easy to make but expensive to keep. Our special report explains why governments are in such hot water. (via theeconomist)

From We Have Stories, another anecdote: My sister’s father-in-law died over twenty years ago, having retired as a firefighter 15 years before that. His widow continues to get a uniform allowance for him. When she called to say it was some sort of mistake, she was dismissed.

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Rep. Joseph Crowley’s fantastic “speechless” speech on the House floor.

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