The Genesis of Creativity

Having taken on the challenge of writing a new political comedy song every week, as well as writing songs regularly for children’s music publishers, I am regularly confronted with the question of whence comes the kernel of inspiration. Or in less high-falutin’ terms, “Oh crap, what am I gonna write this week?” But that’s sort of the point of these regular challenges, seeing how we respond to the regularity. Read More The Genesis of Creativity

Political Activism in the Granola State

Sure, California has lots of advantages: fabulous weather, beautiful scenery, and being on the cutting edge of everything from computer innovation to right-turn-on-red. But there are plenty of drawbacks, besides the obvious (cost-of-living and housing prices are insane, New Yorkers like my father-in-law refer to our home as “the land of fruits and nuts”). And one of the biggest problems here is political. Read More Political Activism in the Granola State

Bipartisan Disgust: At Least We Agree on Something!

We may all disagree about why things in Washington are so gridlocked (and I for one assign most of the blame to the GOP’s misguided zeal for austerity and widening financial inequality) – but we can all agree that Congress is getting less done than ever, and its ratings are at a historical low.

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My Crush On Nate Silver

I was on the math team in 7th-10th grades, and I thought I’d never recover from the emotional scars, where my love of numbers wrestled with the social stigma of being interested in them.  Mind you, this was back in the dark ages – the 1970s – when being smart was not considered attractive in girls.  I know, you’re finding that about as antediluvian as I found my mother’s stories about being fined by her sorority for not wearing a girdle. But a few computer entrepreneurs aside, people with numerical gifts haven’t exactly been rock stars.  Until now. Read More My Crush On Nate Silver

Political Memes – Symbols or Silliness?

Apparently, all three of the presidential debates can be summed up by one neat phrase or image. For the first one, it was “Big Bird” (as in Romney’s promise to cut all funding for public broadcasting, since it represented a simply unaffordable .01% of the budget). The second debate gave us the unforgettable “Binders of Women,” and the foreign policy debate spawned “Horses and Bayonets.” These ideas exploded almost instantly online, inspiring dozens of Facebook groups and Tumblr posts, and hundreds of clever photos with the familiar captions in white lettering. And as soon as the memes started spreading, the pundits and commentators chimed in, complaining that people were getting too tied up in cute phrases or semantic quibbling, distracting them from the important issues. Read More Political Memes – Symbols or Silliness?