Semipalmated Plover Chick, Fairbanks, Alaska

Happy New Year


Traditionally, the symbol of the New Year is a baby, as the Old Year is an old man. Some historians have traced the Baby New Year back to Ancient Greece and the re-birth of Dionysus, the god of wine, reborn each year as a symbol of fertility. The Greek myth was co-opted, like many other…

Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

WC’s Wishes for 2020


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This final blog post in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and most recently 2019, WC, in his continuing triumph of…

Republicans embrace Donald Trump

2019 in Review: Politics


Not since the events before the Civil War has it been more important for our elected officials to set aside politics, set aside the exigencies of getting re-elected, and simply do the right thing. That’s not happening. What is happening is that their collective obsession with getting re-elected overrides all other considerations, at the expense…

Schiff and Thunberg, 2019

2019 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


WC couldn’t decide between two candidates; as a result, we have the first co-Person of the Year here at Wickersham’s Conscience. WC isn’t the only one very impressed with Greta Thunberg’s willingness to speak truth to power. Time Magazine named her its Person of the Year. WC does so because she spoke truth to power.1 Her…

Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

2019 in Review: Revisiting WC’s Wishes for 2019


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This blog post is firmly in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 – nine years in a row now –  WC,…

Darth Vader Christmas, North End, Boise

Christmas in Boise — 2019 Edition


It’s Christmas Eve. WC will mark it with some snapshots of Christmas yard decorations that provoke a “What the heck?” reaction in WC. It’s not at all clear to WC what Darth Vader (neé Anakin Skywalker) has to do with Christmas, but you can buy the inflatable and someone did. Photobombed by Snoopy, too. If…

Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

WC’s Wishes for 2019


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This final blog post in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and most recently in 2018, WC, in his continuing triumph…

2018 in Review: Politics


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This fifth blog post is firmly in that tradition. A year ago now, WC wrote: WC wrote a year ago, “United States voters…

Robert S. Mueller III, WC's Person of the Year

2018 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This fourth blog post is firmly in that tradition. It’s a depressing commentary on the state of our nation: the United States, avowedly…

Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

2018 in Review: Revisiting WC’s Wishes for 2018


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This blog post is firmly in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, WC, in a continuing (and perhaps masochistic) triumph of…

Republicans embrace Donald Trump

2017 in Review: WC’s Wishes for 2018


Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and most recently in 2017, WC, in a continuing triumph of hope over experience, will once again set out his wishes for the coming year. While a few readers have suggested WC moderate his wishes, WC is not inclined to lower his expectations in the hope of greater success.…

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

2017 in Review: Politics


WC wrote a year ago, “United States voters proved themselves incapable of distinguishing lies told about Secretary Clinton from facts about Donald Trump. They will live with the consequences.” WC suggests you hold your nose and join him in a brief review of those consequences: the politics of 2017. Trump’s approval rating is dismal; according…