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.
As I’ve said multiple times on this blog, I love to celebrate every occasion. On this blog, that usually is manifested through a special meal I make for that day. But in my actual life, I always strive for our celebrations to also have something to do with the meaning of the holiday. This year, … More A 2021 Fourth of July Reflection: Watch This Video
I’ve been waiting for this day for years––literally years. Since 2016, actually, when it was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was the toast of Broadway with his blockbuster Hamilton, would co-produce a movie version of his first musical, In the Heights. There were a few detours along the way; it was originally going to be … More It’s Finally Here! THE Movie Event of My Summer
As much as I love celebrations, I do also try to honor the meaning of holidays, which aren’t always completely festive. Such is the case with Memorial Day, which is meant to honor those who died in military service to our country. After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars … More Memorial Day Remembrance
Not to contradict the Gershwin brother’s beautiful music in Porgy and Bess, but while it is now officially summertime, the living sure doesn’t feel easy. It has been another week of political conflict, of accusations of illegal police violence, and of rising cases of coronavirus. Here in North Carolina, based on the continuing increase of … More Ways to Chill Out at Home This Weekend
There is a lot of scary and depressing and frustrating and confusing and even infuriating news right now. But if you look, there are some lovely stories as well. I’ve always been a sucker for engagement tales. So this article from The New York Times about couples who got engaged during this coronavirus time was … More Love Is Not Canceled