March 19, 2019 — Say it ain't so! With all the problems in the world, you'd at least think we'd get a break from the selection committee for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. But what are they smoking down there? My problem isn't that the West
March 19, 2019 — Beginning in 1960 and continuing until 2015, coal was the primary means of producing electricity within the continental U.S. Approximately 50 percent of our electricity was generated by coal-fired power plants. But according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that percentage began to decline starting
March 15, 2019 — It starts with a mistake, or wrong-headed action, or judgment — or when my kids were teenagers — with the scrape on the side of the car. It starts with something gone kinda wrong. Wrong in a way you know in your heart was wrong
March 13, 2019 — "If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks." ~ Brendan Behan March is that time of year when I plug Irishness into most all my deductive thoughts. It just comes naturally. Like, if I'm up to my download port in raging
March 8, 2019 — "The tulips are too excitable, it is winter here," I said in my head to no one and everyone around me. I have said this phrase so many winters in my adult life — when the tulips show up in the grocery store — months
March 6, 2019 — These days, Jay Meehan celebrates Mardi Gras not by catching throws, hitting Bourbon Street, or destroying a table of crawfish, but by mixing a Sazerac and pulling out a few good books at home.
March 1, 2019 — The shaking, then something like a thunder clap, a roar and finally the rushing sound made me freeze first and then move toward the noise. Something had happened inside my house. I left the car running in the garage as I timidly re-entered the laundry
February 27, 2019 — "I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my
February 25, 2019 — On an average day, the planet's 7.7 billion humans consume vast amounts of fossil fuels. According to the International Energy Agency we process or burn the following: 100 million barrels of oil, 350 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 20 million tons of coal.
February 24, 2019 — I always think of Presidents Day as the midpoint of winter. It moves around the calendar a bit, and there is no firm beginning or end to winter, so it's an arbitrary measure. It's also when I generally can muster some of the extended family
February 22, 2019 — Shades of gray, Parades of days. … Those were the first two lines of a very sad song I wrote the winter I was 26. (Think Joni Mitchell meets Leonard Cohen with none of the depth or eloquence and all of the depressing notes.) I
February 20, 2019 — One of my favorite things about having a niece has been watching my parents embrace their role as grandparents. Their sternness I knew so intimately in my youth has softened. Behaviors they did not allow from me or my sisters, they now find amusing in