I like to converse with strangers, though I'm out of practice after this long pandemic. The other day I discussed abortion after rape with a stranger. I put this account on Facebook and it got a lot of response, so I'll capture it here as well. On the airplane yesterday, my seat mate was a woman … [Read more...] about Conversation with a Stranger: Abortion After Rape?
The quote in the title is from Harriet Tubman, and it inspires me on multiple levels. My husband and I took an overnight trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore to view the wintering waterfowl at Blackwater NWR and visit the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad site. The "Eastern Shore" terminology … [Read more...] about “God Set the North Star in the Heavens” the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
Doug and I had already made plans for our anniversary, but then I saw that Gordon Lightfoot was playing an intimate concert on our actual wedding date. Could we pass up that opportunity? In my memoir I recount how Doug and I sang "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" as we paddled about on Lake … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Longevity
Yesterday I was at Target comparing brands of facial cleanser. I am super-cheap about this kind of stuff. A woman said Excuse me. She was in her thirties, I would guess, a woman with an olive complexion and dark hair. She had an infant strapped onto her chest. She said, I ask you in the name of … [Read more...] about Targeted at Target: Wearing a Cross
While I waited for my hair appointment, I chatted with two women over the magazines. They mentioned they were sisters, so I said, "How nice to make your hair a family affair." "It is nice, but it's not for a nice reason. Our mother died the other day." I felt surprised at this, and glanced at … [Read more...] about A Conversation with Strangers at the Hair Salon
Today we celebrate the lives of two presidents -- which is your favorite? Like every American, I admire George Washington. During an election year, I often reflect on the reason we invest so many powers in the presidential office -- because of our exceptional first president. But I will admit to … [Read more...] about The Lincoln Hutch, on this Presidents Day
I recently visited Greenfield Village, where Henry Ford, that idol/icon of American enterprise, built his own version of reality. The Real vs. the Idyll Ford's idyllic village, set in the 1860s, occupies about 80 acres in Dearborn, Michigan, in the area where he grew up. The time-stamped village is … [Read more...] about Henry Ford & Greenfield Village
Have you heard of the Maker Movement? Last night I saw a documentary called Maker. (See trailer below). Maker Culture?consists of people who convert ideas into physical products, through creating, hacking, and exploring. This could be in the realm of art (think of sculpture made from scavenged … [Read more...] about Maker Culture: More than Consumers
Here's another reason to do all your banking online. Just now I went to the bank to deposit a few checks -- at the PNC on Hwy 7 in Sterling -- and came home with the chore undone. As I approached the bank I glimpsed some flashing blue lights in the front, so I took a shortcut and went around … [Read more...] about Hold Up. Really.
"Cognitive Anchors" are facts we know to be true -- so that all incoming information must wrap around these facts. What are your Cognitive Anchors? Last night I went to a "Dialogue of Discovery" at Janelia Farm, a research campus funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to hear a practitioner … [Read more...] about Cognitive Anchors: What Weighs You Down?
"I'll give it to you for $2," the mom said. "I am not carrying that home." My husband was holding a box of rocks. We were in the parking lot of our local high school, at a Yard Sale to benefit Project Graduation. "But did you see this?" he said, holding up a hunk of petrified wood. "It's a … [Read more...] about Evolution and a Box of Rocks
Today the world honors the life of Nelson Mandela. I read about South African activists posting pro-Palestine banners at the Mandela memorial. That lead me to read the text of a speech Mandela gave on December 4, 1997 at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. These are … [Read more...] about Nelson Mandela Speaking About the Palestinian People