“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays.
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave,
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15?
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month?
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We all want to do nice things for our loved ones. We go on family trips and celebrate life’s wins together. It’s sometimes difficult for us to consider the bad things that can happen in life, but we still have to be prepared. That’s why having a will is so important. Not having a will in place...
Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? It seems like we were just celebrating the Fourth of July, and now it’s time for another Christmas season. Okay, don’t get mad and protest that I’m bringing up Christmas too early. Even though the actual holiday is still five months away, it’s...
“Dusty Surprises” The surprises just kept coming. When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to “things I’ll deal with later,” a pile which—mysteriously—did not...
Everyone knows, but nothing changes. Every day. Within hours. People. Families. Dreams. Hopes. Futures. Love . . . Destroyed. An ignorant, self-righteous, self-proclaimed savior “defending” the country by killing its citizens—by destroying the very ideals we claim make us “great”: Diversity,...
Dear Barb, I’m sorry the last time I saw you I didn’t take extra time to talk with you, I should have made the time instead of being self-important and busy. I’m sorry you had to go. When I started writing this, it’s been less than an hour since Andrew texted our group chat letting us know you...
 President Trump just issued new rules that got little attention from the mainstream media, but stand to bring fresh economic opportunity to America’s rural and disadvantaged communities.  It’s another example of ways, big and small, that the president is going to bat for the forgotten heartland...
By Debbie Fluegel Trees Forever Program Manager You may have read recently that scientists in Switzerland have determined that in order to battle climate change, we would need to plant 1 trillion trees globally. Is that even feasible? Yes, I think it probably is; however, there has to be some...
Q: What progress has been made to narrow the digital divide in America? A: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 put in place a framework to ensure all Americans would have universal access to advanced telecommunications. It tasked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement reforms...
“Marital Privilege” I’ve been having my husband, Peter, cut my hair. I’m not sure I would recommend this to everyone, but I have almost no hair. Actually, I have the usual number of hairs, but they are so fine that a hair that falls from my head into the sink is invisible to the naked eye. Peter...
In the grand scheme of societies problems—from those on a global scale like climate change/collapse and poverty, to issues closer to home such as the fight for healthcare for all or the battle against modern racism—the lack of solutions, or rather the lack of acting upon potential solutions, is...

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