Author Archives: nowandthenadays

About nowandthenadays

Observer of life who writes about language, literature, history, and politics. I worked in state government for almost 40 years, retiring in May, 2012 as Assistant AG at the Attorney General's office.

Do More than Think: VOTE!

I almost started my entry today with one of my long musings on a subject, specifically, one extolling the virtues of democracy and fulfilling our obligations as good citizens by being good voters. But I decided you deserved something pithier, … Continue reading

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Feminism, Thy Name is not Beyoncé

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that I’ve long considered myself a feminist.  I also thought that I could identify a sister feminist when I saw one.  I would not have picked Taylor Swift as one, but in September’s Rolling … Continue reading

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The Violation of Viola

Right up front I’ll admit to having few credentials as a television or entertainment critic. On the other hand, I’ve read many reviews that make me question the credentials of others. I figure if you can articulate your opinion and … Continue reading

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Who are the Excuse Makers?

One of the disturbing truths about higher education seems to be that we, as a society, and colleges, as institutions, have yet to educate young men that it’s a bad idea to force yourself on young women. Protection from the … Continue reading

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The Children, the President, and the Lady

Recently, the right-wing media and their favorite politicians lambasted President Obama for not taking a quick field trip to the Texas/Mexico border. They were suggesting that as long as he was in Austin, he was already “in the neighborhood,” and … Continue reading

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Our Dysfunction Junction, Altar Boys, and the ERA

Like most Americans, I have never found reason to question the notion that our founding fathers, endowed with genius, forged a virtually perfect foundation upon which to create a more perfect union of states and individuals within a republic. Until … Continue reading

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The Heartbreak of Tax Breaks

As many Austinites already know, our fair city – once known as a laid back haven for slackers, musicians, students, and escapees of the Dallas and Houston lifestyle – is becoming increasingly unlivable and unaffordable.  Unfortunately, the beauty and quality … Continue reading

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Never Too Late to Crack those Books

Well, it’s that season again. For many of you, a reunion of your high school class is on the horizon and some of you are debating, as you always do, whether you should reveal to those you grew up with … Continue reading

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My Longest Love Affair

I continue my celebration of Earth Day this day after, watching the trees sway like dancers from the vantage of my window, reminding me anew that I’m a true child of nature.  As the symphony of another year’s spring reaches its … Continue reading

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Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters United!!

One of the sad truths about our democracy is that smear jobs now constitute the bread and butter of our political discourse, particularly by the right-wing hate media and their feeders. Swift-boating a candidate has become an R trademark, thanks … Continue reading

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