Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Space Alien Observes Memorial Day 2019

Your Editor noticed the Space Alien becoming quite agitated while watching the news. 
"What's wrong?" asked Your Editor. 

"I had planned to observe Memorial Day by paying respects at the graves of brave men and women who died protecting our country's freedom," said the Space Alien.  "But I see that the President has declared our free press to be an Enemy of the People!" 

"I saw that as well," answered Your Editor sadly.   

"Would that be something like what happened in An Enemy of the People, by the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen?" asked the Space Alien?

"Yes," answered Your Editor. "Back in 1882 Ibsen wrote this play about a doctor who was called the Enemy of the People because he warned that the water in a local natural spa that was important to the town's economy had become polluted and could make people sick."

(Loyal Readers seeking more information about this play that inspired Steven Spielberg's 1975 movie "Jaws" may click here:

The Space Alien thought deeply about this for a moment and then spoke.

"So you are saying that just as the townspeople in An Enemy of the People attacked the doctor for reporting a public health hazard, our President has attacked our free press, calling it an Enemy of the People for investigating and reporting presidential misdeeds that could endanger us all?"

"That's right" said Your Editor.  "And our President has even called this reporting 'treason,' a crime punishable by death!"

"Well, the President might be mistaken charging the press with treason for reporting on this behavior," said the Space Alien, reaching for a volume of the U. S. Code on a nearby shelf.   "I was just reading this:  I hope our Loyal Readers will examine it too!"

"But this is important news," the Space Alien continued," and I must report it immediately in the Space Alien Gazette!"

"Be careful," warned Your Editor, "because the President might try to declare YOU to be An Enemy of the People as well!"

"No worries," said the Space Alien.  "Remember, I'm imaginary and only live in the hearts and minds of you and our Loyal Readers!   I will get on this right away.  But first I shall pay my respects at the graves of brave men and women who died protecting our freedom, including our freedoms of speech and press." 

The Space Alien Gazette respectfully urges Loyal Readers to take time on Memorial Day to remember those who gave their lives to secure the freedoms we cherish. 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Space Alien Celebrates Mother's Day and a Birthday

The Space Alien looked at the calendar and saw that the next day was Mother's Day!  

"Oh my goodness," exclaimed the Space Alien, "tomorrow is Mother's Day AND My Editor's birthday as well!  Both on the same day!  This has only happened a few times since she's been a mother, so it's really special!"

I don't know if I even have a mother," continued the Space Alien, thinking out loud, "but My Editor" (who is, Loyal Reader, known here as "Your Editor"), has been like a mother to me!  I don't know if I even have a real birthday, but My Editor always lets me celebrate hers!"

"But My Editor is SO OLD," murmured the Space Alien!  "If I made a birthday cake with so many candles I could burn down the house!  But I know she'll love my portrait in a beautiful frame!" 

So the Space Alien whooshed downtown to buy a picture frame.  "I'll pay with her credit card as usual; it's the thought that counts!"

Then the Space Alien found a friendly photographer to take a photograph to put into the beautiful frame.  

"I know she'll treasure this more than anything!" exclaimed the Space Alien! 

But the Space Alien did not stop here!

"I want My Editor to be healthy, so besides my picture I'll bring some delicious, healthful dishes from Amitabul, a restaurant she loves!"  

Owner Bill Choi helped the Space Alien select a perfect dinner!

The Space Alien left with many delicious plant-based dishes, including a platter of special dinner pancakes! 

"Oooh so yummy!" exclaimed the Space Alien.

You'll love it and you may even see the Space Alien there!  

And to all you great Moms out there, all of us here at the Space Alien Gazette wish you a Happy Mother's Day!