Say it like it is!

    I hope you will take to heart this interesting and timely article on how to educate your children and young adults about rape culture. Unfortunately too many parents shy away– not only from “the talk” but also (and perhaps even more importantly in these challenging times) calling non-consensual sexual activity, whether perpetrated by or against someone of any gender, what it actually is:  Rape. Continue reading Say it like it is!

Fire Season!

It’s June 16 and Fire Season is in full swing!   Some wildfires are caused by lightning strikes, some by careless humans, and some, started by forest and fire management teams, are “controlled burns.”  (It escapes me how a wildfire can be controlled in hot, dry, windy weather– but I am thankfully not a fire fighter.) Fortunately the 16-odd wildfires currently burning in New Mexico and Arizona … Continue reading Fire Season!

Peace in the Heart

There are no words to express the sadness that we feel for those in Orlando whose hopeful, bright lives were so brutally cut short, and for their loved ones, whose loss is too great to bear. It is said that anger and hatred are really masks for fear.  Perhaps this is true– certainly in these troubled times there are people who believe there is much to fear, and … Continue reading Peace in the Heart

Violence in the “Best of All Possible Worlds”

The recent report released yesterday by Stanford student Brock Turner’s  victim has stirred up a storm of controversy about the perils of privilege and much more.  Sadly, Brock Turner’s assumption of privilege is not the disease  under discussion.  It is the symptom of something much deeper. Growing up in the 50s and 60s, when an incident like this one occurred, I often heard the comment “She … Continue reading Violence in the “Best of All Possible Worlds”

June is bustin’ out all over!

  Remember the song from “Carousel?”  Great 50s musical,  with lots of singing, dancing, romance… However this time around June really is “bustin’ out”– and in more ways than one!  If you’ve been feeling particularly weird lately, bizarre physical manifestations, moments of deep despair, inexplicable little spurts of anger, high (and possibly unreasonable) expectations and over-the-top disappointment when they aren’t met– guess what:  YOU ARE … Continue reading June is bustin’ out all over!