How Do We Celebrate Halloween in 2020? Try This.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love opening up the door and being surprised by fairy tale princesses, swashbuckling pirates, ghosts, and goblins. It’s not going to happen this year and I’ve been thinking about how to distribute candy, colorful pencils or whether I should be giving out small vials of hand sanitizer.Continue reading “How Do We Celebrate Halloween in 2020? Try This.”

Get Ready for a Different Kind of Holiday and Why it Might Be Time to Open Your Heart

I was tempted to put on my gloves this morning, especially when I picked up our dog’s cold soggy leash, wet from her dragging it across the grass while chasing the ball. Fall is here and the pumpkins on our vine are growing big. One in particular, looks large enough to set on the frontContinue reading “Get Ready for a Different Kind of Holiday and Why it Might Be Time to Open Your Heart”

How To Feel Re-Energized in Fifteen Minutes

I am reminded of the fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes. The foolish and vain emperor pays several bags of gold to clever tailors who tell him they are selling him robes of fabulous cloth that only the wise can see.

Who is the Real Radical Running for U.S. President? Our World Just Got a Little Scarier.

When did everyone stop listening to one another? I think back to 2016 and I’m certain the dismantling of civility began just after the election.

Why Senators Graham and McConnell Should Care if Their Actions Are Fair

According to recent poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post on September 25th, 57% of the American public would like the new Justice selected after the election.

The Benefits of Ink and Paper in our Current World

We have been told to stop using paper. Stop printing. Save a tree by using less paper.

Nicknames, My Name and the 2020 Presidential Race

In first grade, I was given a nickname. It made me miserable. The name on my birth certificate reads “Suzanne.” When I was a very young child, my parents called me Suzie. The first time they introduced me to one of their friends as Suzanne, I didn’t even know who they were talking about.  I made aContinue reading “Nicknames, My Name and the 2020 Presidential Race”

A Prayer for America and Why We Should Care

Now I feel as if I have woken up into an alternate reality of the United States, a reality where humanity aspires to be the worse version of ourselves. I call it the “It’s All-About-Me” society.

Call it “Fake News” and Cancel Culture Succeeds in Suppressing the News Media

If there is one expression that makes me bristle it is “fake news.” Those two words have been bandied about during the past four years dismissively to address anything published that the speaker doesn’t want to acknowledge as being actual news reporting. If you label it as fake, then it doesn’t count, so don’t botherContinue reading “Call it “Fake News” and Cancel Culture Succeeds in Suppressing the News Media”

Bearing Witness to the Two Americas. The Democratic and Republican Conventions.

Four years is a long time. Think how much has changed in America since 2016.

Refusal to Wear Masks Forces Some Libraries to Close Their Doors

Surely at a library, a place that attracts people that value books, reading, education, and communication, people would be paying attention to what is going on around them and would be considerate of others. Sadly, I am wrong!

Coronavirus Fear is Making Me Thirsty. Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

You do create your own reality. How serious is this current moment in history?

Christmas in August: Ways to Distract Yourself from Thinking about the Coronavirus

Christmas in August is as good time as any to give us something to do during the Global Pandemic.

Positive or Negative? The Wait for Coronavirus Test Results. What If?

Trying to contain the virus without rapid testing results is like trying to fight someone with one hand tied behind your back.  

Food, Exercise, and a Dose of Distraction to Sustain My Spirits During The Pandemic

Like the little bunny rabbit that nibbles at the tall grass and garden in my yard, I nervously look around every time I go out for a walk or on an errand, trying to avoid oncoming strangers.