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“If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.” - Einstein



Last Build Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:32:28 +0000

 



Martin Luther King Day, 2018

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:32:28 +0000

He was one of my heroes, and meeting him, even though only for a moment in time, overwhelmed me. There were others at that rally in 1965, too – famous civil rights leaders whose names you would likely know if you know anything about the civil rights movement, but I’d be lying if I could […]



What will you do on this day in history?

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:48:52 +0000

Nov. 8, 2016 – One day, my grandchildren, if I am fortunate enough to have any, may ask “How did Granny and Grandpa vote in the election of 2016?” So to future generations: Today, for the first time in more than 35 years, we went to the polls together. Our votes often tend to cancel each other out if we […]



Zing! went the strings of my heart

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 14:52:17 +0000

How do you explain love at first sight? I had no idea, as I struggled last night to explain to a husky rescue organization how my family had fallen in love with a dog named “Indy.” Was it the look on her face? A message in her eyes? I don’t know, but I knew as […]



Finding a small measure of comfort… at a dump

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:55:03 +0000

My husband went to the town dump yesterday to get rid of stuff as we continue to try to clear out decades of accumulated… well, stuff. While he was there, he noticed a woman unloading boxes and bins of her own.  She looked to be in her 70s. When he saw that she was going to […]



A dog named “Rally.”

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:10:12 +0000

We got Rally from a shelter.  The tag on her cage said she was a 3-month-old German Shepherd/collie mix, and since we already had one dog with that mix, we thought she’d make a great companion for the older dog. In time, we would come to realize that Rally was really a Heinz 57 varieties mutt, with a […]



“Remember me with love and laughter”

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:16:58 +0000

My mother lived a long life, filled with family, good friends, and lots of laughter. In fact, it was her direct instruction to me that “Remember me with love and laughter” be on her grave marker. It’s been over three years now since Mom passed away peacefully.  Today, my daughter and I laughed all over again […]



Wait, what?

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:43:24 +0000

“A free society cannot tolerate its tolerance being trampled on,” Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP), the Austrian Interior Minister, was quoted as saying. When I first read that, I thought, “Oh, she’s strongly protective of free speech and doesn’t wany laws that would restrict unpopular speech.”  But I was wrong, I guess, because it seems that she made the comment […]



Blue on black has got to stop.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:06:17 +0000

For some background, see my previous post. Gary Fields and John R. Emshwiller have an article in the Wall Street Journal today: “As Arrest Records Rise, Americans Find Consequences Can Last a Lifetime.” The article goes on to point out that approximately 1 in 3 Americans are in the FBI’s criminal database, with serious consequences, […]



How could it be that Darren Wilson did nothing wrong in killing Michael Brown?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:03:13 +0000

The last time I posted on this blog was back in February, and it was about the pervasive racism in our country that results in the killing of black youth with some impunity: My heart goes out to the families of  black youth who were and will be killed because they are black. I could […]



Racism excuses murder? Again?

Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:04:14 +0000

Words fail. To those who said the justice system worked when George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, what say you all now that Michael Dunn’s jury hung on the charge he murdered Jordan Davis?  Will you stand there and tell me that our justice system worked because the jurors didn’t have enough evidence […]