The walls

In mid-November, we took a mini-vacation: riding bikes to to downtown DC. The sunny day and mild temperature contributed to the lovely fall day. We acted like hometown tourists, except for being in the midst of a tumultuous election aftermath and a still surging pandemic. A few weeks earlier, some of the Smithsonian museums had…

Camping essentials

In September, we drove to Tennessee where we joined our son and his family for camping at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains. We hadn’t done much camping in recent years, but we had past experiences to draw on. My husband has fond memories of backpacking trips in the Rockies. We had both experienced…

An election reflection

Do you remember the angst leading up to the year 2000? Not only was it the turning of a century, but it was also the dawn of a new millennium. While the transition received a cute nickname — Y2K — some people and groups thought the world would end. It wasn’t clear if computers, and…

Grab him by the ballots…

What a time! With Halloween this weekend, and followed by Election Day… It’s hard to know which is scarier. Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31st, has predictable features — skeletons, monsters, masks, and treats (similarities seemingly shared with political office holders). The Halloween tradition started with Samhain, an ancient Celtic fire festival at the…

The Tweet (guest post by Kris Casey)

“…Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life….!” Donald J. Trump, Oct.5, 2020 I agree with President Trump. I thought that would get your attention.  I agree with this sentence — “Don’t be afraid of COVID.” The plain and simple truth is that people who follow the CDC guidance…