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My Favorite Thanksgiving Photo

| November 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Understanding Trump Supporters….or Not

| November 21, 2020 | 1 Comment

Like many, if not most, politically involved anti-Trumpers, I think a lot about how anyone can support such a flawed human being to be our President. Whenever he commits an atrocity against decency, humanity, legality or morality (which is almost daily), I think, “I wonder what (fill in the name a Trump supporter I know personally) is thinking about this?” Does it give them pause? Do they question their support? Or do they support this or that heinous act or statement? What is it about him that binds them to him even in the face of what seems to me to be ignorance, stupidity, racism, misogyny, greed, narcissism or deceit?

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It’s a Boy!

| November 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

My son, Danny and daughter-in-law Kaitlyn gathered us all on FaceTime last Friday to announce the fact that their baby, due in April, will be a boy.

I was driving to deliver food for the SHARE program and was instructed to pull the car over. Miraculously, a very convenient turnoff appeared before me at that moment on Little River Turnpike in Bethesda. Typically, it was a little more difficult to get Rita off a work call. But Bridget was present and accounted for. She was vibrating with excitement.

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SHARE Monthly Article – The Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive Responds to COVID

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The following is my monthly article to the SHARE Food Network’s Monthly Newsletter

GGCFD at the Mother Mary Lange Food Pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows Church

In 1987, Greg Gannon of Chevy Chase, Maryland recruited a bunch of friends and informally collected canned food from friends and neighbors to help people in his community feed their families during the holidays. It formalized into a program and continued as a one-a-year holiday tradition. Since those humble beginnings, the program has grown to the point where it has collected and donated 2 million canned goods to greater Washington area food banks.

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City Hall by Frederick Wiseman

| November 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

City Hall focuses on Boston, which, of course, adds to its appeal for me. The Mayor, Marty Walsh, plays a big part, the Washington Post reviewer thought too big a part. But he’s a very unassuming guy who seems truly dedicated to helping the people of Boston deal with problems, whatever they may be.

The real meat of the movie, however, is found in the scenes of government bureaucrats interacting with each other and the citizens of Boston. There are meetings where they are trying to alleviate homelessness. There is a same sex marriage performed. Trash men picking up refuse, including a mesmerizing scene where mattresses, box springs and even a large outdoor gas grille are shoved into the trash compactor truck.

I was, frankly, surprised at how completing the film was. I even found a budget briefing strangely absorbing. And I’m not sure why. I have to admit it made me feel good inside to know that there are people all over the country simply trying to help people in need in their communities. At a time when we have a president utterly ignoring the worst humanitarian disaster in the country’s history, it does give some hope that we might get to a better place when he leaves the scene.

Shy Biden Voters – Take 2

| November 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Unlike most pundits, I believe I should take responsibility for my predictions that turned out wrong. The “Shy Biden Voter” that I posted about before the election was wrong. Pretty disastrously wrong. If there was such a thing, it was overwhelmed by other factors.

This prediction was a way that suggested that polling was actually underestimating Biden’s support in the election. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It seems that, overall, Trump’s support was underestimated….again.

Polls showed Biden was ahead by about 9 points nationally. While his margin is increasing as lagging votes come in, it looks like he’ll land at about 4 or 5 percent.

So, I was wrong.

A Visit to Mannie’s

| November 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, at about 1:00 pm, I got a call from Mannie, my friend from ThriveDC. I used to see him each of the two days a week I volunteered at Thrive. He’s a small guy from India. His teeth are a mess. He has wisps of hair on his mostly bald head. I believe he once told me he was about 72 years old. I reconnected with him a few months ago to see how he was doing. He said he needed food because he was physically unable to get to a grocery store. So, I’ve been bringing him a Value Pack from the SHARE Food Network, for which I’m the advisory board chair and coordinator at Blessed Sacrament Church.

As I got to know him, I found him more and more interesting. He lives in an apartment near Adams Morgan. Whenever he told me something and I agreed, he immediately says, in his lilting Indian accent, “No, I am not kidding!” I always say, “I know you’re not kidding. I believe everything you say.”

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Trump Unleashed

| November 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just when I start enjoying the peace that comes from knowing that the Trump era is coming to a close, I begin to realize we are not out of the woods yet…not by a long shot.

As with all things Trump, even imagining the worst doesn’t capture the awfulness of which he’s capable. Or the willingness of his enablers in Congress to facilitate his traitorous moves. Yesterday, he fired the defense secretary. The benign reason given is that it would just because he was not sufficiently loyal or supine. But it could be much, much worse. In her daily email, Heather Cox Richardson outlined a convincing scenario in which Trump and Jared are greasing their friends in the Middle East with arms sales that could result in a war there. It’s pretty scary. Key part of her email is posted below at length.

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Great Blue Heron on the Northern Neck

| November 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Might was well start posting bird pictures here. Here’s on of my better shots. It was taken off a boat in an inlet off the Potomac near Pat Cleary’s house. I had a lot of trouble getting the birds in focus. I guess if you take enough shots, you’re gonna get one that is focused. I also did a little “post production” work to enhance the photo.

How Will the Biden Administration Play Out?

| November 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Unless the Democrats miraculously win both Georgia Senate seats in the upcoming special election, There will be a Democratic president, a Democratic House and a Republican Senate for the next two years. How will that play out?

I imagine three possible scenarios.

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