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Just Begging for an Accident

Posted by cdonegal on September 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My consideration of the panhandling issue was prompted by a recent action by Maryland's Montgomery County officials to discourage panhandling, a remarkably rare phenomenon in that affluent community. The plan called “Give a Hand Up, Not a Hand-out” encourages drivers to contribute directly to charities that help the underprivileged instead of contributing to the safety and conscience issues cause by panhandlers in the street. This action results directly from the de...

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Friends of Homeless Animals to the Rescue

Posted by cdonegal on September 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Barktoberfest is a day to celebrate the human-animal bond while supporting Friends of Homeless Animals mission of saving abused, abandoned and neglected cats and dogs that have found sanctuary with Friends of Homeless Animals while they await permanent homes.

We adopted Ajax, our AmStaf from Friends of Homeless Animals ten years ago October 4. He has been an amazingly sweet and loyal companion. Recently he had developed several external tumors, not a...

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Re:Post Ri-Post #2 --Whistle-blowers and Sodomy (i.e, non whistle-blowers): Not in my house, Virginia!

Posted by cdonegal on June 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Of Rants ad Tyrants

Images, Whistle-blowers and Sodomy (i.e, non whistle-blowers): Not in my house, Virginia!


First, a shout-out to Matt McClain and the WP editors who chose to print his image of a seven-year-old boy playing in a waterfall at Yards Park in the District. It captured the essence of summer and the delight of the child in a shot that captured the beauty of the falling water.


And now, in my continuing quest to take cheap shots...

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Throw Momma from the Train--RiPost #1

Posted by cdonegal on June 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Re: Post RiPosts #1 


Throw Momma from the Train (a kiss)

Actually the title of a 1956 Patti Page song before the DeVito film appropriated it.

   I confess that my sole source of printed news is the Washington Post. Although I watch television news and read it on the Internet (I am...

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Open House

Posted by cdonegal on December 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Gary braked to a stop in his driveway. He turned off the engine and headlights, but before the engine could tick more than twice, he turned his lights on once more. Something looked wrong. Possibly the subtle shift in shadows on his front door. Although one typically is not conscious of memorizing the smallest details, after years of pulling into the same driveway, his eyes had grown accustomed to the subtlest of changes. Now it looked different, but he couldn’t distinguish precisely ho...

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Just Like Romeo and Juliet

Posted by cdonegal on December 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Teaching is much more than instruction. It touches another world of activity and events, personalities and incidents, many of which are intentionally buried from public view. About 25 years ago, one such incident rocked the school--and at least one student's world:


The Holy Land Comes to Washington, DC

Posted by cdonegal on December 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the hidden treasures of Washington, DC, is a massive Byzantine church filled with precise replicas of the holiest sites in Christendom. the Franciscan Monastery.


In Praise of Poetry and Fictional Prose

Posted by cdonegal on December 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The latest fad in educational reform is requiring that 50% of school reading be non-fiction. This essay argues that literature--and students- deserve a better fate.

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The Road to Hell

Posted by cdonegal on November 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The idea of a pilgrimage had appealed to both of them as they enjoyed their first trip to Europe, visiting holy sites in Rome and making a detour to visit Lourdes. They were grateful for their excellent health. Oh, she had trouble with her ankles and he with his knees, but, they joked, the first 80 years are the hardest.

The old woman dozed in her wheelchair as pilgrims passed by to and from the healing waters of Lourdes. Her husband looked lovingly at her and smiled as he waited to pu...

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Not the Cheap Seats

Posted by cdonegal on November 29, 2012 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The crash and sound of grinding metal froze Marian almost in mid-step. She ran to the front window, fearing the worst.

“Oh, no,” she cried. “Not the Ferrari!”

Money wasn’t the issue. She did all right. Well, well enough to rub it into the faces of those she had passed on her way up, anyway, which is what mattered most to her. With her modest inheritance and her successful law practice, Marian ...

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