Archive for January, 2010

And Then The Finches Arrived

It’s one of those weird things that happens. This morning, I wondered where the finches were. Every January for years, one of my favorite things is to watch the finches at my feeders (I live an exciting life). This year, I’d seen none, even though I’d been at home during the day several times. But […]

January 30, 2010 · Harry · One Comment
Posted in: Birds

Goldfinches

I’ve seen none this year. Zero. My feeders have always been crowded by this time. No goldfinches, no house finches, no purple finches. Where are my finches?

January 30, 2010 · Harry · No Comments
Posted in: Birds

Health Care Reform: Selling Insurance Across State Lines

Now that Republicans are feeling emboldened by the Massachusetts Senate victory, we’re hearing about their health care reform proposals again. One of their key provisions would allow the sale of insurance policies across state lines, with the supposition that this would foster greater competition among insurance companies. State insurance regulators are leery, because they don’t […]

January 26, 2010 · Harry · 2 Comments
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics

Corporate Personhood

The Supreme Court ruling last week on corporate political spending was based on the determination that corporations have the same first amendment rights as an individual where free speech is concerned. And while many, primarily in the Republican camp, have greeted this ruling as if the very essence of democracy had been restored, I can’t […]

January 25, 2010 · Harry · No Comments
Posted in: Politics

On Writing And Reading

I posted this as a comment on another blog, in response to a post on writing among college students. Chris made the statement that “I recently heard somewhere that you learn to write not necessarily by writing, but by reading”. Reading introduces you to the art of language, while writing introduces you to the science […]

January 22, 2010 · Harry · One Comment
Posted in: Books