Blanket Fort

Tangerine-orange fake leather couch The long edge of the blanket Anchored under the 20 volumes of The Encyclopedia Brittanica Lined up in order, The gold-rimmed edge of dark blue books. A Singer sewing machine anchored an Eastern extension

Thank-you for Diversity

I am thankful for diversity; How lucky I am to know People of all nations Became friends instead of foe. I hail from an all-white town No blacks, nor Jews, nor Italians Forget about Polish and Kenyan No Chinese, nor Norwegians Though arrowheads appeared in plowed fields, The Treaty of Chicago Forced the Illini Confederacy […]

The Best Parts of My Week

I feel stressed tonight. I read the Post-Standard. So many stories of crimes and sexual perversion So many deaths– in floods, from diseases, as the result of murders Can’t take it anymore: The vacation debacle The degenerate Trump The snarky nastiness of a relative… I feel stressed tonight. I read the Post-Standard. So many stories […]

Haiku

Blustery winds blow A harbor, a beach, gray sky Cape Cod in the Fall Notre Dame burned down; Metaphor for Catholics’ doom? Still so very sad. Congo refugees Lufungula family Fled to Syracuse

The Wedge Game

On Saturday, November 12, I traveled to Troy, N.Y., to participate in a Sustainability Workshop at RPI for the Stabilization Wedges Game. It was led by Dr. Roberta Holinski, Information Officer at the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) at Princeton University led the workshop with the objective to broaden and deepen the understanding of existing climate […]

Honoring Nurses: Florence Nightengale

This week our country is honoring nurses.  Today is National Nurses Day. This year is obviously even more special due to the coronavirus pandemic. As my mother was a nurse and one of my daughters is a physical therapist,  it seems abundantly appropriate to write this blog about  Florence  Nightingale.  It is also a connection […]

Unitarian-Universalist Women Ministers

Matilda Joslyn Gage researched ancient goddess religions.  She knew that in the distant past goddesses were divine and the head of their religion.  Vestal virgins were the important acolytes.  I was scheduled to be one of four panelists at a Women Transcending Boundaries Event.  Our program consisted of sharing information about the role of women in […]

Women’s Suffrage Time Line–1840-1920

Today is the 100th Anniversary of when women in the United States won the right to vote.  They fought hard and for many years to gain this basic right.  Though I would like to be writing more about this very special date, I am borrowing this timeline to share it with you instead.  Let it […]

Future Trip Wish List

Many places still to see Waterways both big and small I want to travel to the Ural Sea Heck, I want to see them all! I haven’t yet seen The Rock of Gibraltar. There’s more I yearn to see of the Caribbean Add to that the Saskatchewan River

Depression

Always look on the bright side of life: A motto I usually follow But lately my mood Matches the gloomy skies And I feel hollow The political divide frightens me The erosion of democracy Civility decreasing daily The march of angry men And the rise of oligarchy