I Had a “Retired” Day!

When a co-worker retired several years ago, my last words to her were, “Congratulations!  You’ve escaped.  Enjoy your freedom!”  At last, at last, she was no longer a slave to someone else’s schedule.  I was deeply envious. I’ve always thought that true leisure time is a much rarer commodity than money, taking dramatically more effortContinue reading “I Had a “Retired” Day!”

We’re All Affected

“Violence is not a symbol, but a reality: people get hurt, businesses get destroyed, kids get arrested, and catharsis is always momentary. Always it is the most vulnerable – people of color – who get hurt, watch their businesses burn, get arrested, and then have their catharsis with tears in their eyes.”   Stephen Eric Bronner,Continue reading “We’re All Affected”

Why Is Everything So Hard?

“Isn’t it funny how day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C. S. Lewis “Nothing ever changes for the better.” – Unknown It’s hard to pinpoint, exactly, when things began to change so drastically in this country.  Many pundits set the beginning of our current debacle at Reagan’sContinue reading “Why Is Everything So Hard?”

I Want to Be the Star

In every horror or sci-fi or large-scale adventure flick, there’s always someone who dashes through the door or flings himself into the fray before anyone else, frequently shouting something along the lines of, “I’m not afraid,” or, “Don’t worry, I’ll be OK,” or, in the words of many a Darwin Award winner, “Watch this!”  TheContinue reading “I Want to Be the Star”

And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’

It’s at least a week’s worth of news cycles ago that word came out about unemployment benefits and people’s return to work.  Turns out that, while Congress was reluctantly pushed into extending and enlarging unemployment coverage, there were strings attached.  Those being that employees who were recalled to jobs had no choice but to goContinue reading “And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’”