Category: Society

No Resting Place

Last year when I walked downtown I frequently stopped to rest on some benches that were placed in a large courtyard between the light rail and the theater.  It is a nice sunny spot and it is enhanced by a lovely display of flowers in planters and some funny […]

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Undercover Hunger Games

I recently watched an episode of the TV show Undercover Boss. I saw regular folks teaching their workplace superiors how to do menial work, and I smiled. When people with attitudes of entitlement realized that they had to learn something new in order to work on the front […]

Aunty-Social Media

My children are social media butterflies. They hover around a networking site for a while and then they fly off to check out some other blooming online communication opportunity. Because of this, I have been introduced to MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, Tumblr, and probably some others that […]

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Voter Exhaustion

A few weeks ago I rode in the company truck with a workmate and we talked about the many election signs we passed along the way. Her knowledge of the candidates in the local municipal elections was limited to the name of one of the thirty hopefuls for […]

It’s life’s illusions I recall

Why do I love the soon-to-be-seventy Joni Mitchell, and somewhat resent the soon-to-be-thirty Edward Snowden?  I think it’s because Joni asked me to look inside myself and question my assumptions, while Edward hit me over the head with them. This week we celebrated two game-changers. Joni  Mitchell, famously […]

Americans impress me

Someone asked me today what was my impression of Americans. Half a dozen possible answers flashed through my mind, but what I said, more or less, was: “The Americans I have met have been very open and friendly. They are hard-working, sociable, and kind. They like things like […]