Essays

ESSAY- Bring it on: Grocery delivery's time has come
Published on Jun 8th, 2006
0 comments If you can bear to watch a woman with Attention Deficit Disorder reduced to a babbling, twitchy wreck, come with me as I schlep through the supermarket, attempting to keep track of grocery orders for...
ESSAY- Father's day: You sound just like him
Published on Jun 1st, 2006
0 comments "You must be his son. You look just like him." My father lies propped up in the hospital bed, arms outstretched and palms up, as if he had passed out in an act of supplication. Chin on chest, mouth...
ESSAY- Thinking cap: Put it on thrice weekly
Published on May 25th, 2006
0 comments Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 1130, my calendar noted an unmovable meeting. It lasted only half an hour, but my assistant knew that on no account could it be moved or cancelled. And so,...
ESSAY- Tomcatting: A jet tail across the ocean
Published on May 18th, 2006
0 comments There's nothing quite like the roar of waves crashing on the beach to wipe away the cobwebs– unless it happens to be the scream of a US Navy F-14 Tomcat overhead. Whichever was loudest appears...
ESSAY- Sam's new club: You can bank on Wal-Mart
Published on May 11th, 2006
0 comments Wal-Mart wants to start a bank. Well, not exactly a bank. Wal-Mart says all it wants to do is provide customers with its own credit-card service on Wal-Mart sales, so it can trim costs on the...
ESSAY- Missing person: Wrangling with the mystery of death
Published on May 4th, 2006
0 comments At night, the two of them would lie back in the hot tub on their deck and look up at the stars. As they settled into the steaming water, the question was, Who would be the first to find the...
ESSAY- Times a-changin': UVA students see poverty's reach
Published on Apr 27th, 2006
0 comments It's Friday, April 14, I'm working my way down an ever-expanding to-do list when I get a call from Joe Szakos, director of the Virginia Organizing Project, with the news that 17 students are sitting...
ESSAY- Disaster tourism: Viewing the misery of others
Published on Apr 20th, 2006
0 comments In the days leading up to Mardi Gras a couple weeks ago, I fielded some strange questions from camera-clutching visitors to the city of New Orleans, where I've lived off and on the for past year-and...
ESSAY- Turn it off: The plug-in drug is killing us
Published on Apr 13th, 2006
0 comments In a doctor's office recently, I was the only one of 22 adults who wasn't glued to the 27-inch screen hanging high in a corner of the waiting room. A cute little girl in a pink skort set and corn...
ESSAY- Last man standing?: Techie ex-gov has lead
Published on Apr 6th, 2006
0 comments On a recent "Meet the Press," Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware explained why he deserves his party's nomination for president– and proved he can speak rather succinctly. I won't...
ESSAY- Undies-cover story: Ban leers from the bra aisle
Published on Mar 30th, 2006
0 comments Men should be banished from lingerie departments and intimate apparel stores everywhere. Well, no, not completely banished, just limited to shopping on a specified day of the week. Mondays perhaps....
ESSAY- Hillary in '08: Flying generically to a win
Published on Mar 23rd, 2006
0 comments The Republican Party appears to be coalescing around the happy assumption that, while Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, she cannot be elected. So– the self-delusive logic says...
ESSAY- Far from home: Where's our wizard when we need him?
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments Think of the house you grew up in. Close your eyes and picture it: you walk up the driveway and feel a twinge in your stomach– so much of who you are is embodied in that house. There's the knob...
Far from home: Where's our wizard when we need him?
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments   Think of the house you grew up in. Close your eyes and picture it: you walk up the driveway and feel a twinge in your stomach– so much of who you are is embodied in that house. There's...
ESSAY- Heart attack: All's well that ends well
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments My 48-year-old doctor-spouse chalks up the pain in his shoulder to post-golf muscle strain and blames his indigestion on the 19th hole chili-dog. As both complaints are side-effects of a sport I...
Heart attack: All's well that ends well
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments   My 48-year-old doctor-spouse chalks up the pain in his shoulder to post-golf muscle strain and blames his indigestion on the 19th hole chili-dog. As both complaints are side-effects of a sport...
ESSAY- Lost connection: Why no one visits anymore
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments When the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks met at the Super Bowl in February, they treated Americans to more than just the nation's most famous football game. They also provided a...
Lost connection: Why no one visits anymore
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments   When the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks met at the Super Bowl in February, they treated Americans to more than just the nation's most famous football game. They also provided a...
ESSAY- Energy rhubarb: Biofuels lead to biofeud
Published on Feb 23rd, 2006
0 comments Give your car a drink, save the planet, and end dependence on foreign oil. That's more or less the plan George W. Bush unveiled during his State of the Union message, in which he also declared his...
ESSAY- Blog begins now
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments Lots of people get all their news online now. And why shouldn't they? After all, it's here, and you steer, so get over it. Well, we got over our objections to giving away content when we started the...
Blog begins now
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments Lots of people get all their news online now. And why shouldn't they? After all, it's here, and you steer, so get over it. Well, we got over our objections to giving away content when we started the...
ESSAY- Wean thyself: Personal vehicles mean public disaster
Published on Feb 9th, 2006
0 comments The president's admitted it. We're addicted to oil. Our governor's admitted it. We can't get anywhere because everyone is trying to get somewhere at the same time in the same way– all alone in...
ESSAY- Act two: Mom starts over at 87
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments "I'm nineteen and my life is just beginning." That line from John Irving's novel, The Hotel New Hampshire, has been sliding around inside my head since the day I first read it in 1981. It feels as...
Act two: Mom starts over at 87
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments   "I'm nineteen and my life is just beginning." That line from John Irving's novel, The Hotel New Hampshire, has been sliding around inside my head since the day I first read it in 1981. It...
Back to school: Support state sales tax break
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments   Delegate Ben Cline of Amherst [R-Rockbridge] has proposed a bill to establish a sales tax holiday in August for the purchase of school supplies and clothing. Other members of the Virginia...
Death marches: Warner leaves healthy legacy
Published on Jan 19th, 2006
0 comments   My brother-in-law, Pete, thinks Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jane Fonda were the worst products of the 1980s. Because of them, Pete's taking walks everyday– walks he...
Average American: Charitable or chintzy?
Published on Jan 12th, 2006
0 comments 2 IN 3 American households say they give to charity, at an average of $1,262 a year. But only 1 in 3 households report charitable deductions to the IRS.   IN 2002, Americans deducted $654...
Space patrol: Keeping the Beloved at arm's length
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments Can any relationship survive a broken foot? I think not. Love is based fundamentally on one's ability to walk away from the beloved and then return when the beloved has stopped ranting. As it says in...
I will: New Year's Resolutions
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments My resolution for 2006 is... David Slutzky: "To justify the support and confidence the Rio District voters showed me on Election Day. Robert Harllee: "To go to Italy again... and again, and again...
Office party dilemma: Have fun or have a job
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments There you are, standing awkwardly in a circle, nibbling on a pretzel, sipping cheap Chardonnay and making polite conversation. Under your breath, you're still furiously reciting the well-rehearsed...