Seasons by the moment

Friday, March 22
I was in my garden last Sunday afternoon. I was pulling a yucca plant that I mistakenly planted in one of my garden beds years ago.  …

Beloved author

Friday, March 15
Ask anyone, especially my family, that my memory of names of bands,  movie plots and actors, and books I've read is spotty. It's …

The quotes we choose

Friday, March 8
The quotes we choose tell others something about us. I found this quote as I was exploring quotes using a search query of notable …

An early influencer

Friday, March 1
Until this week, I had never heard of Cynthia Heimel. Her Wikipedia page describes her as a columnist and foremost the author of …

Price to pay

Friday, February 23
I am struck that sometimes when we determine the price of something, we don't factor in all of the costs.  With a background in …
Nothin's perfect

It's good to know that we don't have to be perfect to be loveable.

Purposefulness & determination

I encountered the life and legacy of Rev. Howard Thurman in seminary. It was there that I learned that Thurman was the direct link between  Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  …

The researcher is the writer

Richard Kluger seems to like to sink his teeth into complex subjects and set them in terms of sweeping societal concepts. His two best-known works are Simple Justice , generally regarded as the …

Food for the soul

I first became acquainted with Dorothy Day as part of a seminary course on religious social activists.  Beyond her work as a co-founder and editor of …

Golden Leo

We’re at the very end of LEO time now. In fact, when you read this, if I still have the indulgence of the River Reporter, Leo period will probably be over.  I blame it on Saturn, the …

Containing China

The Athenian general and historian Thucydides—whose experiences led to the Peloponnesian war between a strong Sparta and a rising Athens—surmised war is inevitable when an established existing power feels threatened by a new emerging power.

The hubris of Ron DeSantis

Great political leaders possess the unique ability to create dynamic legislation with members of the opposite party through compromise

Astrology and science

I oppose the call to find a scientific validation for astrology. The Zodiac has hovered at a distance over earthly affairs since prehistoric times, and continues to do so without the authorization of …

The lucky penny

In the U.S. today, the penny as we know it costs 1.8 cents to produce. Due to inflation, it is generally thought of as an expensive burden by merchants, banks, mints and …