“The Blue Tarp” I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk.
As it turns out, Regular Readers, a week without “inspiration,” is always preferable to one with “inspiration.” At least when it comes to this column.
I have decided it is time to speak up. Too many things have been happening and so many of us are remaining silent. Granted, the death of George Floyd was horrific.
“Hummingbird Curfew”
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation.
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?

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“The Blue Tarp” I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk. This was a gradual awareness. I spend almost all day at my desk and I don’t know precisely when it started, but I finally looked down because my wrists were undeniably sticky. I had used the wrist rest in front of my keyboard for...
Q: Why did you conduct congressional hearings to examine overseas supply chains? A: Even before COVID-19 reached America, I’ve led oversight and investigations into supply chain issues, such as the sale of counterfeit goods and our reliance on foreign countries for active pharmaceutical...
As it turns out, Regular Readers, a week without “inspiration,” is always preferable to one with “inspiration.” At least when it comes to this column. I have several points  to make, and I will try to be as transparent and succinct as possible. First: Politicians are not prophets. Political...
The 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920, equal rights for women and the pending Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution make for a trilogy around a common theme. But, here we are in 2020 with many men and a political party fighting against the advancement of their...
I have decided it is time to speak up. Too many things have been happening and so many of us are remaining silent. Granted, the death of George Floyd was horrific. To think one policeman put pressure on him long enough to kill him and that three other policemen stood by and watched without trying...
“Hummingbird Curfew” My husband, Peter, is fascinated by hummingbirds. This year has been a difficult year for hummingbird watching, as there has been a lot of competition at the feeder. First, the ants wouldn’t leave it alone. Then a bear smashed the feeder to bits. Right after Peter replaced...
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation. The highlights of my week are small, personal comforts that have...
By Erin Schoenberg, project associate Center for Rural Affairs Are you a part of your local farmers market, as a customer, vendor, manager, cheerleader, or funder? Markets carry great tradition, and whatever your current or future role is, here are some tips and experiences from managers and...
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?  A: This historic civil rights law has empowered tens of millions of Americans with disabilities to live a higher quality of life and eliminate barriers to employment, education and economic...
“Birthday Blow-Out” It’s my birthday this week. This is not normally cause for a big celebration and this year it is less than usual. Still, unlike my husband, Peter, I actually do celebrate my birthday. I don’t expect anyone else to celebrate—although it’s nice to know my parents remember I was...

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