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Writer, activist, novelist, sixth generation DC, local historian-storyteller, and 1:1 patient care technician five days a week.

Retelling a retelling of my 9/11 experience in light of recent events

Life Beyond, as it looked in 2001

September 11, 2010

The Call came at 9:00 AM, from my son at his work, just a few blocks away:

“They’ve hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”

His voice was strangely flat and affectless. …


“Pharmaceutical companies view Covid-19 as a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity.” — Gerald Posner, author of Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America.

I work in the healthcare field. I don’t earn a hell of a lot, but I feel I am probably compensated appropriately for the sort of work I…


On Thursday, May 17, at the theater in the National Archives building in Washington, DC, a preview was held of a documentary film, clips from a work in progress being produced by filmmaker Ilana Trachtman. The name of the documentary (slated for completion and release next year) is taken from…


We have risen to meet twin crises and victory is in sight on both fronts.

Typhoid Mary’s got nothing on this superspreader.

I waited for the CDC to recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, after the FDA approved it yesterday for use here in the USA. That’s done now, and by next week (a few days away) the…


“Don’t shoot!”

As crowds lay siege to the area adjacent to the White House (where Donald J. Trump has been ushered to a bunker according to live reports at the moment), people — good, decent, mostly white people, liberal, well-intentioned white people — tell me, now and then, that “all this violence…


One’s reporter, donning his PPE

It’s been six weeks since my last report from work (here). At that time my hospital had 2–3 positive COVID19 patients and the tension was thick. Since then we seem to have crested, about a week ago, at 67. We’re down to 53 now. We still await the “surge,” but…


Personal protective equipment (PPE) we used don and dump countless times per day now must be rationed — and worn daily.

The current novel virus pandemic that is gripping our minds -- and some of our bodies — is only one more soldier in nature’s army of assassins seeking to kill us off as a species. While the coronavirus COVID19 has utterly consumed the spotlight over the past few weeks, all…


The fulcrum is way over there

What’s wrong with this picture?

The political right has taken more than its share of the platform upon which our democratic society rests. The balance has shifted, the winds long ago changed, and figuring in neoliberalism as part of the right, the center has moved way far over to…


More than half a million protestors gather on Pennsylvania Ave. in DC, 1969

We need to talk.

Recently, as you no doubt have noticed, the US Senate slipped into the hands of some particularly terrible people, and of course there was that election mishap that gave them the perfect mouthpiece, a man so profoundly stupid, vulgar and hateful that there scarcely words to…


We Already Know What He Is. We We Will Now Learn Who We Are.

Laura Ingraham of Fox News appears to return Donald Trump’s Nazi salute.

It has been widely circulated in the media that the upcoming mid-term elections are “a referendum on Donald Trump.” …

AJ Calhoun

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