Words Matter

With all due respect to Easter, Passover, Earth Day, and showers, April means National Poetry Month to me. I know I am a literary geek, but as a poet myself, I am inspired by this month dedicated to poets and their craft. National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996Continue reading “Words Matter”

Family Matters

Family time in the age of COVID-19 has dramatically changed for those with school-aged children. Children and parents in the home 24/7, teleworking and homeschooling, certainly has its challenges. But, it is also emotionally challenging to be worried about your adult children who live in places near and far, and whose actions you can noContinue reading “Family Matters”

Living History

Unprecedented times reveal our core values, and managing crises reveal our core character. The COVID-19 pandemic may be one of the single most important moments in history to define us as humans. I have found in the past few weeks that the single most important trait we need to survive as a species is empathy.Continue reading “Living History”

Social Contact

Humans are not isolationists. Regardless of your political views on isolationism – foreign policy asserting that a nations’ best interests are best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance – the majority of people do not fare well isolated and alone. We are social creatures. Sure, we have our share ofContinue reading “Social Contact”

In an Abundance of Kindness

If I hear or read in an abundance of caution again, it will be too soon. Every single communication about COVID-19, including one I wrote, uses this language. It is the omnipresent phrase of the day. Out of an abundance of caution used to be a phrase that only serious scientifics used as a wayContinue reading “In an Abundance of Kindness”

Groundhog Day

While everyone I know is anxiously awaiting tonight’s Super Bowl, my day is already complete. At sunrise this morning Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and spring is on the way. Spring was going to be on the way regardless, but I always enjoy this 134 year old tradition. The members of Punxsutawney Phil’sContinue reading “Groundhog Day”

Maryland “Spring”

Today is January 11 and it is 60 degrees outside. I am writing from the porch while looking at Christmas lights, unlit but still wrapped around our shrubbery. Climate change? Or, just the fickle weather in Maryland.  Maryland has always had an identity problem. Are we northern or are we southern – regardless of theContinue reading “Maryland “Spring””