Smoked goods are good for the family

Podcast episode 2.3 with Kevin Mayer Kevin Mayer has taken up smoking. And I don’t mean of the nicotine variety, but smoking all variety of foods, from bacon-wrapped Oreos to cheeses and beyond. I really enjoy his focus on family and the way when we cook, we bring family together. Hope you enjoy this episode.Continue reading “Smoked goods are good for the family”

A weekend jaunt goes right

Some of the kids were with other family over President’s Day weekend, and my wife and I decided to try to make a break for it on short notice, with our four-year-old in tow. But where to go? Most places we checked were booked, or at least everything but the kind of corporate hotel youContinue reading “A weekend jaunt goes right”

Hey Assholes, it’s August.

Listen, I know there are market forces at work initiating the removal of the camp chairs and tiki torches. But that doesn’t give you the right to move us all into late October. It’s still August, you assholes. A quick celestial reminder. Summer ends on Sept. 22, when we are halfway between the longest andContinue reading “Hey Assholes, it’s August.”

Why Portland Protesters Will Never Tire

The Battle of Portland rages still. Having worn down federal agents and local police, leftist protesters spent a recent weekend in gas-choked melees with a motley, right-wing “Back the Blue” rally.  The remarkable endurance of these protests is subject to debate. The May 25 death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis policeContinue reading “Why Portland Protesters Will Never Tire”

What this is all about

I’m launching this blog to advocate for seeing American politics and society differently. All politics are identity politics of a kind. I say this as some one who has spent his adult life working in and around politics. Some of it is beneficial to society (“We’re the kind of people who care about kids”) andContinue reading “What this is all about”