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Yes, I can use it because John OJ is on severe hiatus. SEVERE. His last show was November 22 and he is not back until February 14. Talk about the things you learn from Jon Stewart.

Worshiping Heroes 

You might even say it’s ironic or ridiculous that we named our child, OJ JOHN, not to be confused with JOHN OJ. Yes, I wanted to name him EOIN but that’s another story for another time. But maybe it makes sense to have named our child so closely to the satirical Brit comedian–after all, in all the time we have known each other, we have spent much time worshiping the satirical gospels of Jon (Stewart), Stephen (Colbert) and John (OJ).

Worshiping Other Churches 

In fact today after mass (I’ve got nothing else on my dance card on Sunday with Jon OJ on hiatus!) I wanted to fact check some things about the church we have been going to (the priest said something about being an Oblate and I had to know if they are the same oblates as Father Greenfield!? They are not…). And for the love of God, do you know what the top google suggestion was after I typed “Our Lady of…”?


Need more?

One month later, in an “AND NOW THIS” segment, they closed down the church.

But our FAVORITE Last Week Tonight “AND NOW THIS” segment is the series featuring the most patient man on television.

Ironically patience is not T’s strong suite.

Before Christmas he loved his (undisclosed employer) travel mug. But as he drives to work each morning he listens to his FAVORITE program, Washington Journal on CSPAN. So THIS is T’s favorite Christmas present and new favorite travel mug. You can take the boy out of DC but not the DC out of the boy.



Come back, John OJ. Come back. My soul is thirsting.





Texas is looking pretty good right about now, huh? The weather, the gas prices, the irresistible baby, YES. But maybe that’s why I need John OJ back–as the presidential campaign drags on, I need sense in this world and especially where we live. We’ve gone from TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION to Super Tuesday voters, but I am not sure if it’s an upgrade…



I had luncheon with Annette, my very dear friend from the Fulbright Commission, when I was in London.

Over lunch on Gray’s Inn Road, we had a lovely conversation and she kept saying such classically Annette things that I started writing them down.

We agreed that I should start a new section to the blog called, “WORD GEMS”, for when I hear someone say something so true or right. So I would like to introduce the first posting of WORD GEMS, with the first bits from Annette herself. She will be mortified! But she is an inspiration. And a gem herself.

On coming to visit America: “Duncan says we will go the US when we are old, he says, you must do all of the hard countries now while you are not so old.” She said to me, “maybe by the time you are 35 we will come.”

Her favourite word: “Trillions.” She loves the word. And she says it with regal intonation. “There were literally trillions of people” but it sounds, “There were litchrally chtrillions of people.”

I was off to get my haircut after I saw her. She told me that hairdressers are so close to your head as they cut your hair that they can read into your soul, and that is why you relax and tell them everything.

She told me, “Your body is a house, with windows and pipes and inner workings. You must take care of it.”

Annette’s golden rule: she will ONLY use pink pens.

And last but not least, Annettte said that when I worked at Fulbright, I would come to her office to debrief an event or tell a story or just chat and my question to her was always, “And what did we learn?”


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