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Forgetting politics while waiting for the bus

Forgetting politics while waiting for the bus

Pardon my reverie, but there's this white plastic bag floating through Mount Vernon Place, rising on the breeze, higher and higher, between the Walters Art Museum and the Hackerman House, the handsome mansion at the top of the hill, and I guess I'm having one of those "American Beauty" moments because it's a splendid day in October and my bus is late and I can't take my eye off the plastic bag.

That means, for the moment at least, that I don't reach for my phone to check for tweets about Donald Trump or WikiLeaks or all the rest of it.

It means I'm pleasantly lost in thoughts — and...