The Pain Of The New Minimum Wage

2017 will usher in a minimum wage increase in Washington State. In response to the change, a business owner posted today: “Where’s the money supposed to come from?” It reminded me of an experience long ago. I didn’t go to business school. I’d been trained as a singer and had been a recording artist in…

2017 Greetings

The customary “Happy New Year” sat on the tip of my tongue all weekend. But this year it seemed it just wouldn’t come out. I was close to emailing out a generic New Year’s greeting but something held me back and whispered, “Don’t be a lazy liar.” Today, Steven and I saw two miraculous movies,…

Deep Breaths

  Well after midnight, I posted on social media, “I had me a glass of fine scotch and some F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think I can turn the light off now. The coming days may be somewhat dark. I’m gearing up to shine my light.” This morning there are pillows on the floor, blanket turned…

How To Talk To The Solitary Man Wearing Headphones (A Parody)

This article is a parody of both, a blog post that became an internet meme, How to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones”, and the many responses it garnered. You’ve been watching The Solitary Man Who Is Wearing Headphones standing on the other end of the train compartment. “Hello,” you mouth soundlessly since he can’t…

Wonderful World Today!

I’m back from my brief hiatus and my heart is full to brimming. I’m so happy, I want to sing. What brought on this burst of joy? Three news items ranging marvelously from the sublime to the silly. 1) Beautiful Proxima b! I’m positively swooning! Making news, a beautiful earth next door in the Centaurus constellation, home…

Fighting For Gun-Control: Sometimes Even Pacifists Own Guns

  LAST WEEK, OVER a hundred Democratic lawmakers, led by civil rights icon John Lewis, staged a sit-in in the Lower House to force congress to vote on gun legislation. At one point, Lewis led the group in the song We Shall Overcome. House speaker Paul Ryan told them that they aren’t making a difference.…

What Makes The Film A Hologram for The King So Healing

    A Hologram for the King is adapted from a book with the same title by Dave Egge. The hopeful story takes place in Saudi Arabia and avoids Arab stereotypes. I found it refreshing, even healing, to be presented with beautiful and humane images of peoples and lands. This is not a tale of…