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Patricia A. Kelly

September 12, 2018
Oh, That Catholic Church
Patricia A. Kelly

Born, baptized and educated within it, I was a member for years. For most of my elementary school years, I had to ignore some things about the semi-cloistered nuns who taught in our school.

September 5, 2018
Football (?) Season 2018
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s beginning. The drama continues over National Football League (NFL) players “taking a knee” during the playing of the national anthem, over rule changes, even over Colin Kaepernick’s Nike commercial.

August 31, 2018
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Patricia A. Kelly

Just a note to all the charities and political organizations to whom I have contributed this year: Hi there. I know I am naive, but, in working out a budget this year, I decided to give you my annual contribution at the beginning of the year, so I could take one more thing off my plate, and not worry about you throughout the year.

August 22, 2018
The Making of a Country
Patricia A. Kelly

As we in the United States attempt to re-write our history and focus on the “blame” game, we risk losing ourselves to an all-encompassing state.

August 15, 2018
Sabbatical or Summer Idyll
Patricia A. Kelly

Well, there’s been no summer idyll really, although it sounds so nice. Family caregiving has taken its’ toll on summer days. It’s okay, of course, as life brings what it brings, to all parties.

July 18, 2018
Not His Finest Hour
Patricia A. Kelly

Let’s begin by acknowledging that Monday’s joint press conference, featuring Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, was not Donald Trump’s finest hour. He once again left himself open to misinterpretation with his personally defensive responses and his after-meeting positivity toward the Russian President.

June 27, 2018
The Primary is over
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s over, whether you like the results or not. It might be more than time to take stock of what has been happening in our political world of late.


June 20, 2018
What to Do? What to Do?
Patricia A. Kelly

Life throws more than just curve balls. I’m carrying a baby with a birth defect. Do I abort it? My dad is very sick, and unable to be reliable in taking his medicine, although he wishes to remain at home. He doesn’t have enough income to hire in home caregivers.

June 6, 2018
The Baker v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Patricia A. Kelly

The Supreme Court issued an opinion this week in favor of the Colorado baker who refused – on religious grounds – to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

May 29, 2018
The Dark Cloud of Division
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve about had to give up cable “news.” Just can’t stand the constant prattling on about the same thing. From CNN, President Donald Trump is always wrong. The other day, when he was doing his typical hard negotiating with Kim Jung Un, CNN was reduced to criticizing the public nature of their discourse, comparing them to a 12-year-old schoolboys on the playground.

May 23, 2018
What Is More Important Than Our Children?
Patricia A. Kelly

The latest school shooting certainly brings this question to mind. How much do we treasure these young beings, who will, with a lot of care and a little good luck, grow up to create good lives that benefit themselves, their children and our world.

May 16, 2018
Intestinal Fortitude
Patricia A. Kelly

Cojones! It sounds more polite in Spanish than in English.  Whatever the polite term, how refreshing and delightful to know our president has them.

May 9, 2018
The Answers are Out There
Patricia A. Kelly

Immigration. The stories and arguments never end. Worst of all, immigration has been completely politicized. That means that legislators who could be considering facts and statistics, and finding solutions, are not.

May 4, 2018
Working Together Instead of….
Patricia A. Kelly

Believe it or not, there’s talk going around the country about something called Civil Discourse. It seems an actual movement has developed, in the face of all the name calling, demonization and general vituperation making headlines throughout our land.

April 25, 2018
Happily, the General Assembly Session is over
Patricia A. Kelly

With a couple of weeks to reflect on the General Assembly’s 2018 session, it seems that over 3,000 bills were created during a mere three months. I can’t imagine any need for so many. What about spending time on the big issues facing Maryland, and finding solutions that serve the people?

April 11, 2018
Mentally Ill People and Common Sense
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s happening often enough for us to get used to it. How horrifying. Every time it happens, there is the same response. People run around screaming about guns.

March 28, 2018
Another Shooting! Are There Solutions?
Patricia A. Kelly

This one, occurring in a Maryland high school, didn’t count as a mass shooting, as it didn’t meet current criteria. In this case, the shooter died, one victim has been released from a hospital, and another lost her fight for her life in a trauma unit intensive care.

August 11, 2017
Transgenderism: Another Take
Patricia A. Kelly

Transgenderism is a present focus of social change, both part of the assertion of special rights by the LGBTQ community, and a demonstration of political correctness by so many others, even in the medical community.

May 26, 2017
Hurrah! For Our Wonderfully Designed Democratic Republic
Patricia A. Kelly

Yes, he’s a little rough around the edges here at home. His White House is behind on appointments and a little jumbled, with communications issues and leaks. At the same time, President Donald Trump is being persecuted and ridiculed, unquestionably, by the media and his enemies.

May 12, 2017
A Country Divi…ded
Patricia A. Kelly

The demonization of President Donald Trump marches on, ever more creative and ever more vulgar. “He’s going to start World War III.” “He’s a malignant narcissist with psychotic components.” “He hates people who aren’t white Christians.” “He will take health care away from the poor.” “He will destroy the country.” “He’s in love, or lust, with his daughter.”

April 10, 2017
Syria, Foreign Policy, and Donald Trump
Patricia A. Kelly

President Donald Trump certainly surprised the world last week by dropping missiles on a Syrian air base after Bashar al Assad’s chemical weapons attack on a defenseless village – and bombing the hospital where the victims were being treated.

September 30, 2016
The Debate, and So On
Patricia A. Kelly

The big event is over. There’s lots of talk about it, of course, with disagreement about the winner, usually divided along partisan lines.

September 15, 2016
Trump v. Clinton plus Obama
Patricia A. Kelly

I’m sure my life would be happier and more peaceful without this presidential election, but, I admit, I’m a political junkie right now and just can’t ignore it, or the behavior of our president.

August 30, 2016
Now, Consider This
Patricia A. Kelly

The presidential campaign, no surprise here, is on fire. We’re waiting to see how the other shoe falls for Hillary Clinton, as more government-related, destroyed emails surface from the accounts of people who received them.

August 19, 2016
Musings on Europe
Patricia A. Kelly

I awoke the morning after returning from Europe with a sense of dismay because the hotel where I stayed while in Prague was built on the site where Jews were gathered for transport to the camp called Theresinstadt, to await transfer to death camps.

July 22, 2016
The Fun Side of Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

So, politics can be fun after all. The Republican National Convention has been full of fun, along with some very interesting moments.

July 15, 2016
An End to Anger
Patricia A. Kelly

Born in Washington, D.C. a blonde white girl, I grew up there in the 1950s. My parents allowed no talk of racism in our home. In kindergarten, I experienced my first crush, on a black classmate, Ricky. No one told me that wasn’t okay. I was allowed to believe that Ricky was a person, just like me.

July 12, 2016
What A Choice (!) ?
Patricia A. Kelly

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton shared an Air Force One flight to North Carolina last Tuesday to attend their first joint campaign rally. There was hugging and laughter, as well as a little dance from the shirt-sleeved president, who shared his famous campaign slogan “Fired up and ready to go!”

June 30, 2016
The Most Important Elections
Patricia A. Kelly

This year it’s Congress, and by that I mean both the House and the Senate. The presidential race is a mess, with the Republican candidate talking like a bully on the playground, and the Democrat under serious FBI investigation.

June 23, 2016
Time to Buckle Down
Patricia A. Kelly