Calm Down? Relaxation App Makes Me Jittery

      It says a lot about our national psyche when the highest rated app for your phone these days is something called Calm.     Having just returned from a vacation to San Francisco– in which my greatest worries were which Tartine pastry to order (I chose 8)...

Everything You Need is Just a Phone Call Away

        Hello. You have reached the White House switchboard. Your call is very important to us and will be answered in the order received. In order to reduce wait time, please listen carefully to the following menu as some of our options may have changed.     If you...

Trump Needs A Therapy Pet

      There is something mysteriously absent from the White House these days and people are starting to talk about it.     No, not Melania, although that’s a solid guess.     I’m referring, of course, to the lack of a White House pet for the first time in...

God, Trump and Franklin Graham

        When I was a kid, anytime the Rev. Billy Graham’s crusade was televised, we were expected to stop catching lightnin’ bugs in mayonnaise jars—the pastime of choice on a steamy Southern night– and head inside. We would take our places on the...