What Separates Us – One from Another?

What Separates Us – One from Another?

“Empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance.” ~  Arundhati Ray Like many people taking stock of difficult social/cultural issues, I’ve begun to take stock of my own quotient of empathy—the recognition...
Enquiring Minds Want to Know

Enquiring Minds Want to Know

I was never a reader of what my mother called “the little paper” and surprised that The National Enquirer is still going strong. And, then again, I’m not surprised given the quality of journalism, shouting-match referees i.e., tv commentators, and hyped stories that...
What Kind of an American Female Am I?

What Kind of an American Female Am I?

I’m writing this on the eve of another Fourth of July and dreading it even more. If I wouldn’t feel completely silly waving sparklers like a baton twirler, I might be more enthusiastic. I can still feel those pinpricks on my bare arms so many years ago. The list of...
Big MO and Me

Big MO and Me

I didn’t know until 1965, when I arrived in California, that I grew up in a place that didn’t count for much–Missouri. Not as good as Wisconsin with their cheese or Minnesota of ten-thousand lakes. We had the Big Muddy that only Tom Sawyer and Huck could love....
Mothers Day

Mothers Day

Mom at age 97 I admit to being on the fence about Mother’s Day. I have yet to find a card I think captures my feelings on that particular May day. I know the card industry would disagree. Since my mother passed away I only glimpse the long racks of cards now: mostly...