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?”

How Does a 21st Century Artist Measure Success?

ARTISTS– How much energy do you want to put into self-promotion ? How much energy do you want to put in creating your art?

What Does the Weather Have to Do with Conspiracy Theories?

The weather, regardless of political affiliation, is something that we can all agree on once it happens.

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.

How to Get Published

It doesn’t matter how wonderful and perfect your submitted work may be, prepare yourself to be rejected. Every magazine has a different idea of what they think is good and what they want to print.

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,

Decorating the Tree with Hope, Good Will, and Shalom

As I unwrap my boxes of ornaments I relive the past. Many remind me of past Christmases and people who are no longer in my life.

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.

A Bedtime Story About a Grump Like Trump

Have you ever hosted a party, and been stuck with one guest who just doesn’t want to leave?  Have you ever had this one person in your home, who just doesn’t seem to grasp the party is over. You start clearing the plates, clanging them around in the kitchen and then start taking out the trash,Continue reading “A Bedtime Story About a Grump Like Trump”

Is This What it Feels Like to Live on a Spaceship? Or Don’t Get Too Comfortable Just Yet

My house is my spaceship. From the comfort of my living room, I interact with the world. The facetime, the zoom meetings, the social media posts all connect me with my fellow humans. They all provide band aids for the problem of living in a time of a global pandemic. But the craving for human touch doesn’t leave us.