A few of my favorite things…

I’m a fan of books and libraries. When compared to the severe impacts of Covid which affected almost everyone and everything, losing access to the library sounds petty. But for me, books have provided an oasis from the bad news — medical crises, economic devastation, and hopes & dreams quashed or postponed. The proliferation of…

The Sound of Kids Playing Together

With some schools open and everyone walking on edge trying to navigate these rough pandemic waters, it is such a joy to see children playing together again. Walking the tight rope between preventing transmission of COVID, preventing social isolation, stunted development of social skills and loneliness, schools are cautiously open, most with a hybrid between…

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…

An Old Fashioned Independence Day…

Baking a red, white and blue flag pie. Raising the flag. Decorating picnic tables with Red, White and Blue napkins. This year our choices for celebrating the Fourth of July are limited. Many of our favorite community and government-sponsored events have been canceled. There will be no parades, concerts, craft fairs or seafood festivals. Social…