Free Speech, Hate Speech, Graduation Speech, or Have You Listened to a Muslim Lately?

Spring is the season for graduation ceremonies, where diplomas are distributed and dignitaries share thoughts on going forth into the real world. But these days, some people are really upset by who is speaking to whom about what. Take, for instance, that cage-rattling provocateur of fake news Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s incensed that Linda Sarsour, a Muslim-American political activist, is addressing City University… Continue reading Free Speech, Hate Speech, Graduation Speech, or Have You Listened to a Muslim Lately?

Surprising Reasons those Confederate War Monuments Must Go–You Won’t Believe #2!

Spoiler alert: the Confederacy lost. I realize I just ruined the Civil War for folks, but there’s some confusion to be addressed. Sure, most United States history classes teach that the War Between the States ended in 1865. Though math has never been my strong point, even I can determine that this was a few years… Continue reading Surprising Reasons those Confederate War Monuments Must Go–You Won’t Believe #2!

Inner Critics Are My Own Worst Enemies

The good news: my heart is perfectly normal. The bad news: my heart is perfectly normal. Ok, that’s a really flippant, inappropriate answer totally mocking the good fortune of a healthy cardiac system. My sincere apologies to anyone suffering from a horrible heart condition. What renders these results frustrating is that, once again, I’m nowhere closer to… Continue reading Inner Critics Are My Own Worst Enemies

Birthday Wall of Honor is a Favorite Family Tradition

One of our family’s favorite traditions started with a 40th birthday, party invitations, and a blank wall. I was throwing a birthday bash for my hubby, James, and I’d planned original invitations (you know, a made-of-paper, put-in-the-mail-with-a-stamp kind of thing) with a nod to artist Andy Warhol: six prints of the same photo, each in… Continue reading Birthday Wall of Honor is a Favorite Family Tradition

Alexa and The New York Times Saved My April Workout

I owe you an apology, Alexa. You really didn’t deserve all those heavy sighs, negative comments, and–honestly, I’m ashamed to admit–the profanity. It wasn’t pretty, none of it. You hadn’t procrastinated. No, you stood by me, never bad mouthing or uttering an “I told you so.” You were patient, kind…and still, I was a hater. Without you…. Project… Continue reading Alexa and The New York Times Saved My April Workout

My Secret to Gardening Success: Benign Neglect

There’s a perfectly shaped bright orange pumpkin in my garden. Two, in fact, one a bit bigger than the other. Both are flourishing. How? Beats me. Every fall, I buy an assortment of decorative winter squashes, which I arrange all over our home. I love fall colors, and bringing in nature is one of my… Continue reading My Secret to Gardening Success: Benign Neglect