My only memories of John F. Kennedy’s assassination are my mother’s.
Here’s her story.
Mom was mopping the kitchen floor with the radio on. Only nine months old, I was watching the proceedings from my perch in my high chair.
A radio announcer broke into the music with the news of the President’s death in Dallas. Mom immediately dropped her mop and walked out into the front yard. All the other moms on her street were standing in their yards, sobbing.
Much later she remembered I was sitting alone in the kitchen, surrounded by drying suds.
I think I can cut her some slack.
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Have you seen this week’s New Yorker cover?
Subtle, it is not.
But magazines are not the only things that are attempting to make a statement about the Anthony Weiner scandal — locally grown produce, for instance.
And a cherry tomato no less…
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By now you all know that His Royal Highness has been born to William and Kate. His name, though, they say “may take some time.” Don’t worry –
I’m all over it.
It’s a worthy name; the Greek translation is “venerable.” It began to be widely used in the third century after it was the name of a Christian martyr…so it’s certainly manly enough.
Sebastian also has British ties. It’s in the Top 100 list of boy’s names. Sebastian Cabot is a British actor; Sebastian Faulks, a British writer. And there are characters named Sebastian in popular British fiction, including Sherlock Holmes and Brideshead Revisited.
Most importantly, I like it.
Look, I’m only trying to expedite the process. Princess Diana and Prince Charles took seven days to name William; William and Kate took three weeks to name their dog, Lupo; and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip took a month to name Charles.
Let’s not give the child an identity crisis!
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If you participated in or attended today’s Boston Marathon and saw anything that may be helpful to the police, please call:
They are particularly looking for video of the explosion.
If you’d like to donate blood, please contact the Boston Blood Donation Center at (800) 733-2767. And if you live in the Boston area, police recommend that you return to your homes.
Our thoughts are with you.
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It’s not often I can say this to a member of the royal family:
“Kate, this has so happened to me!”
During yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade at the Aldershot Barracks, the Duchess of Cambridge got her high heel stuck in a grate. Husband William offered a supporting arm — and a giggle or two — while she freed her stiletto.
The soldier saluted.
Funny — almost the exact same thing happened to me during a business trip to Chicago!
I was walking with my colleagues to a nearby restaurant for dinner when a grate ate my heel. Two friends held me upright, saving me from an almost certain face plant. So, let me belatedly salute their heroics –
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Friends ask if I’ve seen the movie Lincoln. I haven’t.
It feels like homework.
But on this President’s Day holiday, I will celebrate the greatest president in our nation’s history by going to see Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film.
A big thank you to AMC Theatres for having a $5 movie special in honor of the holiday.
(That might have tipped the scales a bit in the movie’s favor.)
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Don’t you miss the Cold War?
I didn’t think so either.
But then I started watching The Americans on FX.
Have you seen it?
The Americans is set during the Reagan presidency. Two KGB spies live in Washington D.C., posing as your typical American married couple with two kids. Their neighbors think they’re travel agents. Their kids do, too. But they are really working with a network of spies and informants to further the cause of Mother Russia in the States.
It is so cool.
Only three episodes have aired, and I am totally hooked. My neighbor Margo Martindale — of Justified fame — popped up last night as a KGB officer. I mean, come on! You simply have to watch.
They’ll know if you don’t.
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Bangs are always in.
Official White House by Lawrence Jackson
But today First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her 49th birthday by rocking brand new bangs!
My haircut just got so much cooler.
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