In Towson, a Battle of Division Leaders

As baseball games go, last night’s contest between the Baltimore Redbirds and the visiting Bethesda Big Train at Towson’s Carlo Crispino Field was an intense affair. The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League season is nearing its end, and last night’s game was the penultimate regular season game for the Redbirds.  (Next week is the league’s … Continue reading

Ted Cruz and the Kick-Off of the 2020 Campaign

Let me ramble on for a few minutes about Ted Cruz’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention. For those coming in late, last night Ted Cruz delivered a speech — that was known in advance not to be an endorsement of Donald Trump — that was, surprisingly to pretty much everyone, an anti-Trump … Continue reading

The Republican Convention and the Potential for Future Violence

Last night, on the second night (of four) of the Republican National Convention, the Republican Party nominated Donald J. Trump as its standard bearer for this year’s presidential campaign. Presidential conventions in the last thirty years, since I was old enough to pay attention, are stage-managed, scripted pep rallies.  Nothing unexpected happens.  Nothing controversial happens. … Continue reading

An Irish Weekend

Over the weekend, I went to the Annapolis Irish Festival, an annual event held near Annapolis in mid-July. This year, the scheduling caused some agony as the festival coincided with Shore Leave‘s weekend, back in July for the first time in a hemidecade, and Carbon Leaf, who are taking a sabbatical year, were playing a … Continue reading

When the World Overwhelms…

Several years ago, one afternoon at work, I was reading an article on The Guardian about the Arab Spring and the violent reprisals various Arab governments launched, especially in Syria.  The specificity of the memory — where I was, what it was about — is striking.  What followed has stayed with me. There was a … Continue reading

A Paucity of Words and the Important Things in Life

I don’t have anything to say on the events in Nice, France last night.  Words fail me. The world needs your kindness today. Go out and be a friend. #NiceAttack pic.twitter.com/MJbDLnuoHg — Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) July 15, 2016 pic.twitter.com/9yt9Cd1IvS — York County Dems (@YorkCountyDems) July 8, 2016 Mister Rogers' Message on the One-Year Anniversary of … Continue reading

Writing My Congressman: The New Overtime Rules

I took some time and wrote a letter — on paper! — to my Congressman.  What motivated me?

House Republicans are attempting to stop the NLRB’s new overtime rules for salaried employees in an appropriations bill.  Such a move would affect me directly; right now, when the rules go into effect, I would effectively be looking at a meaningful pay raise. Continue reading

Choosing Irish Music over a Science Fiction Convention

Friday Shore Leave begins.  For the first time in fifteen years, I won’t be there. The Annapolis Irish Festival also begins Friday.  Carbon Leaf is one of the headliners.  I’m attending that instead. This wasn’t an easy decision to make.  Allyn Agonistes. Shore Leave, I’ve attended every year since 2001.  (And I went to the … Continue reading