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August 19, 2018

The idea of naming one’s house or property has always fascinated me.

I just returned from a four-day trip to the beach where every house had a name. The names embodied all the good things associated with a beach vacation: relaxation, recreation, sun, surf, ocean breezes and the list goes on.…


My father would never have stood for this

August 19, 2018

Early in my father's administration, when he and my mother flew to Rancho del Cielo, the ranch they had bought in the 1970s that was his retreat, his nourishment, I drove up to join them for a day or two. We were sitting at the dining table, and my father pointed to the window and the steep…


All hail the queen

August 19, 2018

Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was more than the undisputed "Queen of Soul." She was one of the most important musicians of our time, a genius who soared above genres and expectations to create music that will live forever.

She was not an opera singer, yet she brought down the house at…


Trump's failure to condemn alt-right tars presidency

August 19, 2018

How can a president as successful as Donald Trump be so unpopular?

Fueled by his historic tax reform and an unprecedented regulatory rollback, the economy grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter. The unemployment rate is just 3.9 percent — near the lowest it has been in nearly two decades…