How Do You Cuss?

Are you a polite curser, or does the smallest provocation lead you right to the “F” word? The English language contains a wealth of timeless insults and exclamations of outrage that are hardly used at all any more. Every age has its favorite expressions, from the 60s ‘man that’s cool’ all the way back to…

A feminine face of God

As recounted in all four gospels in the Bible, Mary of Magdala was first to encounter Jesus after the resurrection — a woman! Over millennia, she has been vilified, erroneously called a prostitute. A retraction in 1969 by Pope Paul VI started the process of redeeming her reputation and clearing her name. In June 2016,…

We Must Protect Our Right to Freedom of Speech

Stop abuse and assault and promote debate and discussion.  Our right to freedom of speech is under attack from both the ultra right wing and the politically correct. Criticism, shunning and book banning have risen to such an alarming extent, dozens of writers have banned together and signed an A Letter on Justice and Open…

Right in front of your nose

When we lived in Tampa, a hurricane was forecast. The usual buildup preceded its arrival: shopping for essential supplies, securing potential projectiles, monitoring evacuation orders. We were aware of the predictions about the storm’s timing, path and strength but planned to shelter in place. My husband’s impending deployment took precedence over the weather.  When we…