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”

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.

Seeking Comfort and Solace Outdoors in the Midst of a Pandemic

I guess it’s the battle fatigue, but the vibe of “we’re all in this together” is starting to fade.

A Quiet July 4th in Annapolis, Maryland USA During the Pandemic

This year in Annapolis, capital of Maryland, there was no July 4th parade featuring local politicians, floats with hula dancers,  fire engines, candy tossed to waiting children, soldiers marching, bugles and drums.

In Search of Unity, What New Statues and Memorials Shall We Build?

Now with so many people unemployed – many of them artists and historians—we have the opportunity to create and fund works of art that will unite the country.

Literary Magazines Feature Emerging Talent and Independent Perspective

When selecting which journals you’d like to read or submit your work to, start by reading their mission statement.

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes – Keeping the Peace in Our Communities

I once spent several hours on a “Ride Along” with a Police Officer. I got a small taste of what part of one day feels like for a member of the police department…

Mourning Death and Social Injustice in the U.S. During The Covid-19 Pandemic While Listening to the Natural World

Will the Pandemic enable us to reflect on our past actions and see more clearly?