Category Archives: Mark’s Life

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Ypsilanti

This morning, the family and I checked out the the Fourth of July parade in downtown Ypsilanti. And, as always, I was struck by the how delightfully bonkers it all was. From the evangelical puppetry to the elderly ladies taking turns behind the Jeep-mounted M60 machine gun, like they’d just rolled off the set of […]

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Murder by Natural Causes

Last night, as I couldn’t sleep, I decided to see whether or not I could find an episode of Columbo that I’d never seen before streaming on the internet. And I found one that looked promising on YouTube titled “Murder by Natural Causes,” starring Hal Holbrook and Katharine Ross, which I promptly started watching. And […]

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I hereby officially withdraw my Nobel Prize nomination for Donald “There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea” Trump

A Trump-suporting relative of mine pretty much told me not too long ago that, if my son lived into adulthood, I’d have Donald Trump to thank for it. He said this in response to my criticism of Trump, which, as I’ve come to learn, is somewhat easy to find on the internet. When I responded […]

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Kennedy announces his retirement, opening the door for yet another Trump Supreme Court Justice

My daughter just happened to be at the Supreme Court this afternoon, with a group of about 60 girls from Detroit and Ypsilanti, when word came out that Justice Anthony Kennedy, after serving 30 years on the high court, would be retiring, giving Donald Trump yet one more opportunity to remake the Judicial branch in […]

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We are living in a fucking nightmare world… but maybe there’s finally a tiny glimmer of hope

[above: The President of the United States, a racist authoritarian who has done everything in his power to undermine civil rights and the rule of law, demonstrates his patriotism to non-reading Americans by hugging a flag.] Backing down in the face of a nascent Republican backbone, President Trump today signed a misspelled executive order ending […]

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