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Lynne Bateson

Tequila, por favor

July 10, 2018 Comments Off on Tequila, por favor

At first, I blamed my two pre-dinner margarita cocktails for the man who wasn’t there.

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Flying the Flag: “Isn’t freedom what America is supposed to be about?”

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Flying the Flag: “Isn’t freedom what America is supposed to be about?”

The sight of the Stars and Stripes gently fluttering in the blue sky has always enchanted me.

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Call the Midwife, BBC

America’s sickening health system

May 13, 2017 Comments Off on America’s sickening health system

Despite my bad back, I did a fingertip search for the pill I dropped on the floor.

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The Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty is no Liberal

March 11, 2017 Comments Off on Lady Liberty is no Liberal

I nearly missed seeing the Statue of Liberty from the deck of the QE2 while cruising into New York harbour years ago.

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Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad - Season 5, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/AMC

Storing Up Trouble

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Storing Up Trouble

Many of my American friends harbour a dark secret: they keep stuff in storage units, pretty much permanently.

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Trigger Happy? The culture of gun ownership in the US

August 6, 2016 Comments Off on Trigger Happy? The culture of gun ownership in the US

When my partner Bill encounters a bad driver I plead with him not to hoot. “Remember we’re in America,” I say. “They might have a gun.”

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One Nation Under God? Religion in America

May 5, 2016 Comments Off on One Nation Under God? Religion in America

The restaurant was buzzing with a smart after-work crowd. The professional looking women on the next table settled their bills. Then they held hands, bowed their heads, and said a prayer before heading home.

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Bicoastal

Bicoastal Blues: A Tale of Two US Cities

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on Bicoastal Blues: A Tale of Two US Cities

I’m just back from the eyeball-hurting, freezing cold of New York where my senses were assaulted by screeching subway trains, honking cars, the pitiful sight of panhandlers on corners, and the smells of garbage and cheap pizza.

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Moon landing

Aliens in America: A Northerner Writes

October 7, 2015 Comments Off on Aliens in America: A Northerner Writes

My friend Edgar saw a UFO while sipping wine and enjoying the cool night air on his porch in Bellflower, California, in 1968. He waved.

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Red Dragonfly on Lynne Bateson's car aerial

Animal Crackers: skunks, skunk and scary critters

June 14, 2015 Comments Off on Animal Crackers: skunks, skunk and scary critters

My friend Bob has a possum story.

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