Author Archives: laurie

 Make America WHAT Again?

The campaign slogan of the notorious presidential candidate Donald Trump is “Make America Great Again”. In a chilling throwback to the disastrous Nixon years, he has boasted of re-awakening the “great silent majority” of this country. A recent incident proved that some in this group are neither silent nor harmless. A beating in Boston was […]

 Mental Illness for Fun

I’ve never liked Oprah Winfrey. My dislike dates back to the first time I saw her show many years ago. The great humanitarian, giver of free cars and defender of worthy causes devoted that episode of the program to a “lighthearted” look at Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). A panel of so-called experts was assembled and following […]

 I Do Not Respect Your Opinion

I do not respect your opinion if it lacks empathy and compassion towards all of your fellow creatures. I do not respect your opinion if it is blind to everyone’s needs but your own. I do not respect your opinion if it threatens the clean air, water and Earth we all want our children’s children […]

 Wisdom and Friendship

Two cheerful owls greet us upon entry to this site. “The wiser way to friendship” we learn is to be found here. Recent events sadly make me wonder about this. Is it wise or friendly for example to hurt others with ill-considered words? How many among us have been deeply wounded by words which would […]

 The Bird Who Borrowed His Plumes

The Bird Who Borrowed His Plumes (An ancient tale rewritten in my own words.) A jay wandered into a yard where peacocks used to walk. There he discovered a quantity of feathers which the peacocks had shed while molting. He fastened them all to his tail and proudly approached the peacocks. When they discovered what […]

 Christmas Past

Always on Christmas night there was music. An uncle played the fiddle, a cousin sang “Cherry Ripe,” and another uncle sang “Drake’s Drum.” It was very warm in the little house. Auntie Hannah, who had got on to the parsnip wine, sang a song about Bleeding Hearts and Death, and then another in which she […]

 America After Newtown

On the weekend of the second anniversary of Newtown here in my home state of Connecticut I offer this article: Newtown Massacre Anniversary: Since Sandy Hook, America Has Seen Dozens Of School Shootings By Connor Adams Sheets, Intl. Business Times, Dec. 12, 2014 Two years have passed since 20-year-old Adam Lanza burst into Sandy Hook […]

 Another Perspective on Immigrants

Ten Ways Immigrants Help Build and Strengthen Our Economy By Jason Furman & Danielle Gray July 12, 2012 America is a nation of immigrants. Our American journey and our success would simply not be possible without the generations of immigrants who have come to our shores from every corner of the globe. It is helpful […]

 Grieving During the Holidays

(from the Grief Support Center at Grieving during the holidays is difficult, especially the first holiday cycle after the passing of a loved one. Whatever your age, whatever the cause of death, holidays lived in the absence of a loved one can be a very difficult time. Customary routines are ended, never to be […]

 Yet Another Christmas Story

New York Times, Dec. 3, 2014 A Search for Justice in the Eric Garner Case By The Editorial Board The Staten Island grand jury must have seen the same video everyone else did: the one showing a group of New York City police officers swarming and killing an unarmed black man, Eric Garner. Yet they […]