Monthly Archives: February 2010

They told stories instead of herding cats

I seem to have turned into a conservative Republican, at least as far as my Health Care Summit analysis of yesterday goes. Ross Douthat, the conservative Times columnist who replaced the insufferable William Kristol, called the Summit Six Hours of … Continue reading

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Dogs and ponies at the health care summit

Presidents at work. We’ve only heard them retrospectively: the Nixon tapes, or the Johnson phone calls, for example (which, by the way, dispelled any illusions we may have had about either of those guys). We’ve never seen, live time, a … Continue reading

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Just do it!

After Scott Brown got elected, I told a very progressive friend of mine I thought the Democrats should just ram healthcare reform through, using reconciliation if they had to. “Oh, they can’t do that!” she replied. That’s the trouble with … Continue reading

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When all is right with the world

The storm is coming; the little icons on the weather page have snowflakes all the way through Saturday. But it’s a tough forecast, and the snow totals keep changing. Last night it was 8 to 12 inches, and 50 mph … Continue reading

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We interrupt this program for a bit of theology

I was walking into a Catholic church with some friends. Everyone in the church had little squares of black material pressed to their faces. A priest reached inside his jacket and handed me a square. I asked my friend what … Continue reading

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Birds, coming back

Next year I’m going to try to notice when the birds stop singing in the morning. Some days, in the dead of winter, are there no bird sounds at all? They’ve come back now. It sounds like spring. Even the … Continue reading

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Chopin, 200 years old but still heartless

If you were afraid of being buried alive, what would you do? Chopin solved the problem by directing that his heart be removed first, which is why you can find it, preserved in brandy, at Holy Cross Church in Warsaw; … Continue reading

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