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…

A creation story in three acts

Many cultures invent creation stories to transmit how it all began. You may be familiar with Adam and Eve and the garden. Depending on your belief system, you might consider it historically accurate or a myth. We’re currently dealing with a different creation story –  a virus. Act 1: Once upon a time… It seemed…

Go Take A Hike!

It’s the perfect thing to do. In these pandemic times, packed with all kinds of stressors, engaging in outdoor activity of any kind is a no cost way to both improve your happiness and ensure your health. Even when wearing a mask, breathing in the outdoor air and soaking in the greens of the trees…

The good. The sad. The stupid.

During the past weeks of COVID, it’s been like someone took a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle and tossed the pieces up into the air. And for good measure burned the box with its cover image of what the completed puzzle looks like…. The pandemic has uncovered fault lines, predicaments of unsustainability and short-sightedness. The virus starts…