Book Review: GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I loved GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton – which surprised me, since this novel was billed as a post-apocalyptic story. I have read only a handful of such stories and warmed only slightly to them (The Age of Miracles, The Dog Stars, and Station Eleven). Why did I fall […]

FDR’s Words: ” Forests Are The Lungs Of Our Land “

The Dust Bowl was the worst drought in U.S. history, covering more than 75 percent of the country and affecting 27 states severely.  The drought lasted nearly a decade, from 1930-1939. It’s impacts lasted decades longer.  Topsoil from the drought lands were swept as far east as the Atlantic Ocean more […]

Words To Live By: “Nature Brings Solace In All Troubles”

Within her diary, first published as THE SECRET ANNEX and later published as THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, Anne Frank expresses her belief in the healing power of nature — “amidst the simple beauty of nature…will always be comfort for every sorrow… nature brings solace in all troubles”: “The […]

Pondering The Possibilities: Repeal of Whopper Neutrality

Have you heard of “Net Neutrality”?  What about “Whopper Neutrality”? Back in December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn regulations mandating net neutrality.   Net Neutrality was one of those things that too many of us took for granted or never gave much thought about its function […]

Lost & Found News: Galaxies, Whale Dung, Unicorns, & Wild Horses

Lost:  Carl Sagan’s Billions; Earth’s Little Blue Orb Found:  The Universe Has Two Trillion Galaxies Back in the 1980’s, Carl Sagan captured the publics imagination with his talk of the Universe’s Billions.  Now, based on images collected over 20 years by the Hubble Space Telescope and the use of 3D imagining, Christopher […]

Words: “… Her Birthright To Self-Sovereignty “

The road to full inclusion, participation, and opportunity for women still lies ahead — seemingly endless and unnecessarily winding.   But, each step along the way needs to be recognized and celebrated.  For it is the individual steps each woman takes towards ” her birthright to self-sovereignty ” that strengthens the steps of […]

Book: FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown

“big-in-heart debut novel… poetic and evocative” If you appreciate a sense of place and lush descriptions of the natural world (and, in this case, its devastating destruction by men in battle), FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown is for you. I guarantee you won’t soon forget this slim-in-pages but big-in-heart debut novel. I was on the […]

Book: ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR by Darragh McKeon

Wow. ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR by Darragh McKeon was an incredible read: lush, lyrical prose on a sentence-by-sentence level, with breathtaking imagery and description. The stories of the four main characters were introduced separately but woven together like a fine tapestry. I can’t say enough about this début […]

Movie: UnBRANDED

From beginning to end, Unbranded is a wild ride.  It is exactly what you would expect when you take a 3,000 mile journey from Mexico to Canada across the rugged public lands of the American west with four not-yet-ready-to-settle-down men in their 20’s and 16 newly adopted and trained wild horses.  It […]

Pondering Possibilities: Embracing Ridiculous

If “possibilities are endless,” where and how will we find them?  And when should we stop looking? I wonder, because lately it feels as if too many of us stop looking for possibilities.  We’ve settled for what is and handed over the search of what could be to the serious-minded.  And we are now patiently waiting for […]

President Lincoln, Inventor and Proponent of Wind Power

In 1849, Abraham Lincoln conceived of and successfully patented a system of air chambers and bellows to lift boats over shoals and obstructions in a river.  As a U.S. Congressman (House of Representatives 1847-1849), Lincoln was a frequent boat traveler between Washington D.C. to his home in Illinois and had seen the need for an […]