America’s Plague Year Challenges Our Values

 This week in between listening to news clips reporting on the Derek Chauvin trial and the events surrounding the death of Daunte Wright, I’ve been thinking about the difference between action and intent. Millions of us have watched portions of the video showing Chauvin, the police officer, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. We witnessed theContinue reading “America’s Plague Year Challenges Our Values”

A Dog’s Life

As long as she gets to chase the ball, our 70 pound Labradoodle Chloe is happy.  Reward her with a little treat and she’ll  drop it at our feet so we’ll throw it out for her to fetch again.  “Retrievers love balls,” our vet explained during a visit, “it’s a trait of the breed.”  The need to pursue aContinue reading “A Dog’s Life”

Easter 2021 Helps Redefine Normal

We’re just on the cusp of returning to the world we left in Spring 2019, only it’s not going to be quite the same world.

To Blog or Not to Blog? What You Can Learn From Blogging

If I gear my format and content towards making false promises of fortune, fame, instant health or happiness where is the artistic fulfilment? I’m blogging to communicate what’s on my mind.

Hill Street Blues Still Relevant in 2021

 “Do you remember Hill Street Blues?” A few weeks ago, my husband Peter and I  were reminiscing about old TV shows.  Both of us agreed, Hill Street Blues was one of our favorites. Our conversation jumped to the characters: the unruffled police captain Frank Furillo, level headed detective Neal Washington, and the articulate sergeant Esterhaus who concludes eachContinue reading “Hill Street Blues Still Relevant in 2021”

Now That We’ve Got the Vaccine —When Will Normal Return?

We’ve almost achieved a Covid-19 vaccination rate of 15% in the United States. Each day I see more and more postings on Facebook, friends sharing their elation at receiving their first dose of either the Moderna or Pzfizer vaccine. Many people in the approved groups are still waiting their turn and growing frustrated, while IContinue reading “Now That We’ve Got the Vaccine —When Will Normal Return?”

This is the Year We Should Be Exchanging Valentines

I remember being five years old and sitting at the kitchen table with pieces of red construction paper. I was cutting out hearts for Valentine’s Day cards. First I folded the paper in half and then I started snipping. Why was it that some hearts came out so skinny and other’s squat and fat? Some hearts lookedContinue reading “This is the Year We Should Be Exchanging Valentines”

We Can Predict Snowfall, but Can We Predict Where the Virus will Travel Next?

Everyone’s fear of infection, reminds me of some of those movie scenes when the heroine is barricading the door to prevent the zombies from breaking into her house. We all now have stories about the time we thought we’d been exposed to the virus, and our travails to await test results. Our world feels illogical.

Welcome to Banana Republic USA, Previously Known as the United States of America

This is how we appeared to the world. A country in chaos… Economic monopolies that steer all the profits into the pockets of the ruling class is a primary characteristic of a Banana Republic.

One American’s 2020 Recap

This past year has made me painfully aware of just how old I am.

A 2020 Recipe for Roasted Wild Goose

While naysayers dismissively describe the taste as gamey, thereby implying the flavor is strong, I disagree. The meat is flavorful, and when prepared correctly, an excellent change from boring farm raised poultry.

A Simple Tool That Might Be Your Magic Bullet

During a global pandemic, we all need “props”. Not necessarily for exercise, but to face the challenges of living and working confined within a limited space,

Maintaining Traditions or Playing it Safe? Chasing That Wild Turkey.

Bad news is not welcome. The hard fast reality is that our local hospital may have to start prioritizing patients.

A Pandemic Distraction. Give a Book for Xmas. Nadja Maril’s Favorite 2020 Reads.

Novels can take you to another time and place, and with the Global Pandemic raging around me, I was delighted to take refuge within several that were located in exotic places and spanned multiple generations.

Tell the Truth—Are Americans Honest? What Happened to Being a Good Sport?

From an early age we are taught sportsmanship. It’s an honor to play on a team. The benefits are great. When a player is injured on the field, in youth sports, everyone sits.