Vs. Newspeak

Vulnerable. Entitlement. Diversity. Transgender. Fetus. Evidence-based. Science-based. Susceptible. Privilege. Variety. Trans. Unborn child. Data-driven. Science-centered. Stay flexible. Be prepared.* (*wanted: substitutes for suspect terms---diplomacy, equality, literacy, peace, stability, investigation, special counsel, democratic, dissent. Facts).

Little Green Men

I'm about done reading Little Green Men, Christopher Buckley's satiric romp through an imaginary government bureaucracy established in 1947 to promulgate UFO hysteria in America. MJ-12's mission: keep the Russians off-balance during the Cold War & boost support for Defense spending against unknown threats by means of increasingly intrusive forms of alien-related phenomena. What begins as mere sightings … Continue reading Little Green Men

Good Will Toward All

Of all the Christmas albums out there, my favorite by far is the Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas. And of all the attempts to push back on the commercialization of Christmas, my favorite comes from Linus. While the other kids seem to have all the moral fiber of a Fox News host, young … Continue reading Good Will Toward All

Adventures in Punctuation

Important for boys: Digging up the backyard to make a pond, building makeshift shelters out of branches, then hiding inside to spot the wildlife attracted to the pond. Not important for boys: Punctuation. Or did the publisher assume that some kid's sister would get ahold of The Boy's Book of Adventure and refuse to let … Continue reading Adventures in Punctuation

Stubborn 2nd Amendment

The law that guarantees the right to bear arms pegs that right to a well regulated Militia. Patchworks AMERICA'S NEXT GUN MASSACRE IS INEVITABLE. Unless one government intern can make a miracle of his odd jobs in Washington, DC. Gabriel Dunne's federal internship has him tracking gun violence in America. But before he can start, his … Continue reading Stubborn 2nd Amendment

Reflections on Sandy Hook

This guest essay was written by Gun Sense Chester County member Barbara Gall Sheehan.  She read excerpts of the essay at our recent event, Remembrance — 5th Anniversary of the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.

 By Barbara Gall Sheehan

If only….I was sick that day

If only… I had missed the bus

If only…I was better at hiding

If only…I could run faster

If only…my teacher was a super hero

If only…my Dad was there to protect me

If only…I was invisible

If only…he didn’t have a GUN

Whether you are pro-gun, anti-gun or somewhere in between, we all can agree that guns in the wrong hands have tragic consequences and there is no harsher example than Sandy Hook.

Five years ago, our nation was shaken to its core when the unthinkable happened in a Connecticut elementary school.  Just two weeks…

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A Well Regulated Militia

The gun lobby conveniently forgets a key aspect of the law that grants the right to arms. Congress need not be so forgetful. Neither should we, who elect them. Every November ask: Which side do you stand on protecting the nation from flying bullets?     -

Not One More

Working on a promotional series for Patchworks. This one takes up the refrain from Everytown for Gun Safety. It's a good refrain. Not one more.

Moleskine in Paris

In preparation for travel to Paris this week I found myself cracking open the last of my black Moleskin Cahier 5x8.25" notebooks. Normally this brings satisfaction as I add yet another 80 bound pages of journaling to what has become 40+ such notebooks over the last dozen years. With departure impending, however, I felt more … Continue reading Moleskine in Paris

Too Much of a Good Thing

This piece in the Post has me thinking about the Second Amendment.  A corollary argument is unlikely to convince pro-gun extremists. But it should. They will one day wake up to find all their rights revoked if they refuse to allow reasonable limits to the size, shape, and scope of their arsenals. (I'm satisfied with … Continue reading Too Much of a Good Thing