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Monthly Archives: August 2011
I organize the story of my life not by dates, but by Masterpiece. Some of my earliest memories surround the Sunday night ritual of my mother’s disappearance behind closed doors to watch Upstairs Downstairs uninterrupted while my father took over her … Continue reading
I found the fact Republicans used the expression “leading from behind” as an epithet against President Obama’s strategy for dealing with Libya befuddling. The highest praise I have ever given a student leader was that he lead from behind. The … Continue reading
I identified Colin Firth as the leading film actor of his generation long before Americans ‘discovered’ him and bequeathed him an Academy Award. Despite his well-deserved title in the British press as “the thinking woman’s crumpet,” I cherish his acting … Continue reading
I don’t think my mother has ever forgiven me for a remark I made aged four. As she tells it, I announced loudly in a department store, “I know what you can do Mommy, you can be a cleaning lady!” … Continue reading