Haunted (trigger warning)

Serious thoughts… … I have been mesmerized by the footage left online from 9/11 lately. It started with the anniversary of the event earlier this month and I still can’t stop analyzing it as of today. That day in September of 2001 I was a senior in high school sitting in Honors English and when…

Sad People

My friend Laura found out something creepy yesterday. Apparently Ardeth’s parents filed for bankruptcy this summer. (Remember these people?) Their farm wasn’t making enough money to survive. But instead of keeping this information private Ardeth decided to share it in a public email with everyone in her former cooking class, her yoga class, her small…

Greed And Indoctrination

One of my uncles (on my father’s side) owns a large business that employs lots of people. But, he doesn’t like unions. He also pays well and I’ve always known him to be an honest, intelligent and considerate man. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t run his company with genuine integrity and he’s been interviewed…

Immigrants

One of my great grandmother’s first cousins was a silversmith in Norway (Oslo?). He was talented. And he gave her traditional Norwegian (not plated of course) silver brooches (Solje) for her granddaughters when she visited her family in Norway one last time in the 1950’s with her husband, my great grandfather. My mother still has…

Never

In a post today Caroline Calloway muses about how a person who has been subjected to an abnormal amount of negative and at times cruel publicity such as herself, has to not ask why because there is no answer. Well, I have to disagree and I have to write about it. See, the more I…

Downstream

If the United States was a river there would be two natural paths of least resistance. One that takes us to a cutthroat jungle and one that demands incredible amounts of group effort to navigate. Then, there would be a third more man-made path that would require only the smartest and highest levels of maturity,…

Political Persuasion

I’m not a liberal and I’m not a conservative. In high school I was a Young Republican and I cheered for the younger Bush to win the presidency twice in person. In college I was the president of our College Democrats. My political involvement with individual local candidates followed suit. Then I met Mark, decided…

June Thoughts on Domestic Travel…

In a couple of weeks or so we’ll be off to visit my husband’s family. We’re looking forward to it. Family vacations are fun. We love traveling in general though, actually. And it’s one of the biggest reasons we didn’t buy a house sooner. As I’ve said before, for the first year and a half…

Nothing Special

…Now, there is a particularly unique American problem I’d like to discuss. It’s at the heart of the current political climate and it’s hard to write about or talk about without making someone very upset. We’re a fairly new country, here in the US. When you compare this country to many others it’s almost frightening…