The 26th of July

The 26th of July

I love finding a good book and Cuba: An American History was a great discovery. After working in Miami in the late 1980s, I developed an abiding interest in Cuba. And, I admit to being hesitant when I saw the book’s subtitle. Oh, no, I thought, not another Castro bad...
PE – Not Your Gym Class

PE – Not Your Gym Class

Do you remember when the health insurance wordsmiths came up with “patient-centered care?” Like, who else was being treated? Martians? Now, we have yet another turn of phrase – “profit-centered care.” The latest is private equity (PE) companies acquiring...
Drowning in Cars

Drowning in Cars

Recently I wrote an article for a local environmental publication on what is happening to the community where I live. Within six years of moving here, the population has soared and “infill” has become a sacred word. And without much debate from vox populi, bodacious...
Unions on the Rise

Unions on the Rise

When Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky called Chris Smalls “not smart or articulate” in 2020, he unintentionally put another log of motivation on an existing fire. In Amazon’s mind, Smalls was just a Black warehouse worker; a mouthy guy who didn’t talk like a...
Mothering

Mothering

This amazing mother-daughter mask created by Salish Sea* artists Janice Morin and Randy Stiglitz got me thinking again about Mother’s Day. My favorite photo of me and mom I’m bucking the trend of banning words. Instead, I’d like to expand the word Mother to Mothering....
The Paradox

The Paradox

When I finished reading Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, I had mixed feelings. Could a UC Berkley sociology professor really shed her liberal leanings and give her study subjects a fair hearing? Curious at reader responses, I...