Hello, Dalai

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Whew! Whatta week. None other than THE Dalai Lama came and went just a half block away from my house. Right, the charming brick townhouse I have yet more…

Here comes my Inner Republican

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Suddenly, they're selling them everywhere! Those trendy fabric shopping bags you take to the supermarket for groceries, so you can bypass plastic OR paper! Oh, no, Mr. Bill! more…

The presidency: 'Monkey god' in the middle?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- You can be sure presidential candidate Barack Obama is not the only one in America with a Hanuman monkey-god keychain bouncing around in his back pocket. So why more…

Doughnut-ology: Will Bush-Wah convert?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- I'm trying to wrap my mind around the possibility of our putative Presi-Dunce as a later-life convert to Catholicism, perhaps following the example of his diplomatic mentor/erstwhile poodle more…

The presidency: Knight of the living dead?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- I'm sitting in an Indian restaurant the night their flat-screen TV's playing the smug, smooth, self-congratulatory Hillary "Aren't I great but I'm dropping out of the campaign" Clinton more…

Fathers and sons: The last martini

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- In the spirit of Father's Day, let's celebrate dads. Mine, for taking me fishing, even though I threw everything back. Someone else I know slightly – a local more…

Animal instincts: Another city tail

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- You walk past the animal clinic where you've been bringing your current cat – an 11-year-old former stray tabby – for a decade of top-notch veterinary care. All more…

The PresiDunce's obscene war

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- In case you haven't noticed, the Bush-Wah administration made Memorial Day into a mockery. Besides the ever-escalating numbers of Iraq war dead in a pointless and fraudulent military more…

Radioactive love?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Let's call them "Dick and Jane" for purposes of privacy. When Dick, Jane's beloved, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, it was a shock to both of them. Although more…