"Roll me away, baby." The words of Motor City boy Bob Seger played through my head as we blasted across Highway 2 on our grandest adventure yet.
"Blue Dog" Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu looked whipped, like she had just been a guest at a vampire banquet.
The current struggle for health care reform gives us a concrete glimpse of the contours, dynamics and complexities of the issue.
Food, family, traffic jams, thankfulness - all are part of Thanksgiving, but, especially this year, there is more.
Thanks for fighting. Here is a photo of Leo Munoz of Congressman Charlie Gonzales' office accepting boxing gloves to keep on fighting for health care.
Overcoming the intense lobbying efforts of the health insurance-industrial complex and their far-right "tea party" stormtroopers, which spent some $640,000 a day opposing health care reform, the American people and their organizations, especially their unions, mobilized and pushed through a bill that can improve the health care system for millions of insured and uninsured people.
By a vote of 220-215 the Democrats ushered in health reform legislation, the likes of which haven't been seen since Medicare passed in 1965. But it came with a price.
On California's north coast, the sea used to provide many a worker and family a decent living - but no longer.
The people are not buying the false notion that so-called "free market" is the answer to all their problems.
All Americans deserve health care. Private insurance companies are not getting the job done. Solving this serious national problem is a legitimate function of government. It requires a public solution.