When I was in the sixth grade, my town was large enough to support two junior high schools, Lincoln and Garfield. The posh kids went to Lincoln. The poor kids went to Garfield where there was a flutter of gang activity. At the time, I lived with my mother in a small, apartment
In the summer of 1947, I took a walking tour of Boulder Dam with my mother. That’s when I met my first Texan, an encounter I never forgot. Though it was hot, maybe 90 degrees, our guide for the afternoon paused above the dam’s large reservoir and asked us to look down.
On Friday, I complained I experience vertigo as a result of sharing the world with Donald Trump and his followers. I don’t even know how to describe Trump. Is he a president or a cult leader? A president or a would-be dictator? Certainly, he is a celebrity. As such, th
Of late, Donald Trump’s favorability rating has jumped to a high of 49 percent in one major poll. I admit, I am puzzled, like a salmon swimming upstream while numbers of my species are headed toward the sea. Where are they going? What are they thinking? Okay, I get
Recently, an article appeared in a newsletter which reminded me that everyone has a story to tell. The one I was reading contained the recollections of a woman, near my age, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. She was seven at the time but retained vivid memories of her internm
Last week a woman on Facebook was drumming up support for a Oregon petition. The purpose was to prevent the state legislature from raising the gas tax to pay for road improvements. That people complain about potholes but don’t want to pay to fix them, isn’t new to me .
Probably, I should be embarrassed to admit I hate sports. Any kind of sports. If it involves competition and movement, I’d rather read a book. When I taught school in Zimbabwe, I feigned enthusiasm for games because one of my duties was to chaperon the girls’ hockey teams to
Any day is a bad day to encounter a scammer, but something about April and tax time seems to flush them to the surface like worms after a hard spring rain. I was reminded of this when my phone rang yesterday. Because of crank calls, I make it a habit to let my phone ring through
Does our criminal justice system disadvantage the poor and minorities? Unquestionably, it does and now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , newly elected to Congress, thinks so, too. Among the latest in her endless barrage of opinions is one that concerns actress Felicity Huffman. The lat
Is Medicare for All affordable? I have no idea. Apparently, neither do Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose argument in favor appears to be based on their misreading of a medical study. Nonetheless, the goal is important and Obamacare has been a step in the right dir