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There’s nothing quite like the mental calculus around a chance meeting with strangers

Our little Bean. Photos: Shane Paul Neil

When we got our Dalmatian puppy, Bean, I learned one quick and hard lesson: To own a dog is to reconcile with the prospect of forced socializing.

Crossing paths with another dog owner often means engaging in stilted conversation while the dogs sniff butts.

“Nice day, isn’t it?”

“What breed is your dog?”

“How about those [name of a local sports team]?”

Meanwhile, you pray the conversation doesn’t turn political.

Life as a first-time dog owner reminds me of when my son was in preschool and we felt like we were essentially dating his friend’s parents. …

If this was a sport, our parents would be LeBron James

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As sick as I am of Donald Trump, I am no match for my mama — and based on recent observations, probably not for yours either.

Whenever my mom is about to say something that might be considered impolite, she prefaces her comments with “Lord forgive me.” …

A Citizen’s Response to the Moving of the Testing Goalposts

President Trump with members of the coronavirus task force during a briefing at the White House on April 24, 2020. Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

This week, the new White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked whether all Americans should be able to get tested for Covid-19 before they go back to work. Her reply was that “the notion that everyone needs to be tested is just simply nonsensical.” She then went on to explain that the Trump Administration will “deploy testing strategically, because that’s what the American public expects of us.”

Is that what we expect of you?

As we begin to reopen our country after this once-in-a-lifetime pause, no matter where you live, what you do for work, or which political party…


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