Sleeping Through 2012

I slept in this morning. Not because of a New Year's Eve spent carousing. We watched the PBS broadcast of the New York Philharmonic tribute to George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, and what a great combination and performance. Better than live, because you can watch the fingers flying and the lips pursing up close....more

Occupy Portland: Misplaced outrage?

This letter to the editor, published Dec. 5, came exactly 60 days after the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to Portland: *****Park damage caused by Occupy Portland: $85,000  Portland police overtime: $1,290,000  Bank bailouts: $7,700,000,000,000  Misplaced outrage over the protests: Priceless  JEFF THORNETigard***** ...more

The Girl Who Silenced the World for Five Minutes

Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki and she is the daughter of world-renown environmentalist activist David Suzuki....more
 @thetreehugger Wouldn't that be the most perfect outcome? God bless her...and us...that we can ...more

Tuesday's tidbits

Can you tell where this is going? Yes, a roundup of unrelated items, all stuffed into a virtual suitcase of tidbits. In no particular order... -- Holiday whiplash. Turned on the car radio this morning and was startled -- not in a good way -- to hear Christmas music streaming out of the speakers. Come on, man. It was bad enough to go to a coffee shop two weekends ago and see Christmas cookies for sale at the cash register. Do we really need to get into "Deck The Halls" this far out from the holiday? ...more

What's Broken About Health Care & How To Fix It

The U.S. healthcare system is broken. Lissa Rankin is a doctor, and yet, because she was diagnosed with high blood pressure in her twenties, and because her husband accidentally cut two fingers off his left hand with a table saw, they're now completely uninsurable under a traditional family health insurance program. This piece summarizes everything Lissa thinks is wrong with the healthcare system in the U.S. -- as well as what can be done do to fix it. ...more
I am really with you on backing up the physicians. They are going to school to learn to help ...more

Mr. Cain, Veggie Pizza Is Not "Sissy"

Dear Mr. Cain,Forget your politics, your abrupt way of dealing with journalists or even the alleged sex scandal that is putting a wrinkle in your campaign. You, made a major error in your interview with GQ magazine  -- you called a veggie pizza "sissy." "A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza," you told GQ....more
@Michelle Maskaly I'm not a vegetarian, but I am wholly supportive of PETA's intent - but wow, ...more

Why Attack the Messenger?

A Life Full of Days......more
Sorry I couldn't get those photos to resize correctly. :/ more

Their Turn

Presidential election cycle in the U.S. I’m so weary of it and we have a year to go. It’s making me very tired and short-tempered when it comes to political rhetoric.Many candidates don’t have anything helpful to say. They talk and talk and talk, and all I hear are empty promises and sometimes outright nonsense.The students at my community college look at me funny when I refuse to talk politics with them.Instead, I say, YOU are the ones that need to consider running for office.Their eyes bug out of their heads. What was in Mrs. B.'s coffee this morning?...more
I think if we all lived in the same community, the one with the least skeletons could run and we ...more

Occupation Politics and Art

There I said it: politics and art.  The phrase alone can be enough to make you want to hide under a pillow.In these days of Occupy Wall Street and all manner of in your face politics, what is the relevance of artistic experimentation? I ask this as someone who has a history of political activism (and who has been at the sympathy OWS marches in NYC) and who also creates theater (primarily) that is on the experimental edge of experimental, what some would uncharitably refer to as 'elitist' or if particularly miffed 'pretentious.'...more

What's Wrong with Teaching Our Kids to Be Involved?

This morning, I took my two sons to a rally in support of our school district’s emergency operating levy renewal and addition. Thankfully it was one of those beautiful fall days -- blue skies with a bit of chill in the air -- but I would have taken them even if the weather wasn’t perfect. It was important to me for them to attend, to hold a sign, to be involved. I got chastised for taking them though....more
I've taken my kids to presidential rallys and they have watched me campaign. I have let them ...more