Having just watched the movie Elvis, this song kept running through my head this Christmas because it was true–we definitely had a blue Christmas this year. Not blue in an unhappy way, but in a physical way..like the color your skin turns when you are cold. Our power went out shortly after lunch on Christmas … More We Had a Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas…As Well as a Grinch, A Christmas Carol, and A Chrismas Story Christmas
I woke up this morning to a suggested video on my phone, which was by one of the people that I find most interesting on this planet, John Green, but about a subject that I find one of the least interesting on the planet (to me), which is sports. But, as usual, John Green found … More This Thing Called Hope…or Are You A Sports Fan or a WordleBot?
Recently I wrote a post about my concerns about the current election process and how I found inspiration to counter my fears and doubts with hope (click here to read that post). One of my long-time readers and faithful commenters left a great comment that made me think about things a little deeper, and so … More An Educator’s Personal Perspective on the Big Divide
There isn’t much about this current election, at least to me, that inspires hope. I’ve always been someone who considered Voting Day to be a celebration, knowing that voting is a gift and a privilege that is denied to so many people around the world. I vote in every election, even the primaries and the … More Inspiration About Hope from Three Heroes and Three Neighbors I Don’t Know
In my blog post yesterday about the invasion of Ukraine, I confessed my sorrow about the start of a new war and my lack of knowledge about how I as a private citizen can do much to alleviate the situtation. Later that day, I happened upon this video by Hank Green, one of the much-beloved … More What To Do When You Feel Helpless
Did you know that Tuesday, October 5 is National Do Something Nice Day? It is an unofficial holiday to encourage people to do some act of kindness for a friend, loved one, or stranger. I’m assuming most people drawn to a blog encouraging bliss would do nice things for other people on a regular basis. … More National Do Something Nice Day is Tuesday, October 5
That is the name of the book I’ve just finished reading, the latest publication by Alice Waters, the chef and founder/owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California (a pioneer in the farm to table restauarant concept). It’s full title is actually We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto. It is her latest attempt … More We Are What We Eat
It may not surprise you that George W. Bush is not my favorite of the living US ex-Presidents. Except for yesterday. Yesterday, he was ex-President #1 in my opinion. Yesterday, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon building outside Washington DC, all the living Presidents/ex-Presidents attended memorial services … More What We Really Need to Remember from 9/11
Here in the United States, today is a rare occurrence of the first day of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah falling on the same day as the US holiday of Labor Day. Labor Day is always the first Monday in September, which falls relatively late this year since September started on a Wednesday. The Jewish … More Gratitude on a Rosh Hashanah Labor Day
On Monday, Wake County (NC) students on the traditional calendar went back to school. Like many city/suburban areas, the school board mandated masks for everyone inside school, despite some intense protests by some parents. Last week, my city, Cary (a town outside Raleigh, NC), also imposed a mask mandate within city buildings. That, too, has … More Having Ethical Questions around COVID Vaccinations? Let’s check in with NYT, WaPo, the Mayor, and the Dalai Lama.