Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and while it will be the unofficial beginning of summer - marked with barbecues and special sales events, it is most importantly about honoring our American heroes who have died in our wars while serving our country. Memorial Day was originally recognized as Decoration Day, to remember those who … Continue reading Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Reduced to a stereotype

Some of the smartest people I've ever met were Princeton University engineering students. I lived in Princeton, N.J. for almost exactly twenty-five years, but was not associated with Princeton University. Neither I nor my husband worked there, we are not alumni, and our son chose another University when he was going to college. I did, … Continue reading Reduced to a stereotype

Melissa Mark Viverito, Manchester and the NY Puerto Rico Day Parade

Yesterday the NY Daily News joined the list of groups pulling out of NY's Puerto Rico Day Parade for honoring Oscar Lopez Rivera: by lionizing López Rivera as the parade’s preeminent figure, organizers have inescapably compelled sponsors and participants to join in honoring a man convicted of abetting violent terror to achieve his aims. As … Continue reading Melissa Mark Viverito, Manchester and the NY Puerto Rico Day Parade

For real change, make local elections a top priority

Can you name the Vice President of the United States? How about the two U.S. Senators in your state? All members of Congress (or at least your own district's representative)? Governor? If you're reading this, chances are good that you can easily answer these questions because you're at least a little interested in politics. How … Continue reading For real change, make local elections a top priority

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Five: Oxygen

Summary:  That Air you're breathing will cost you your life. Plot:   Bill the Doctor and Nardole find themselves on a space station in an era where the company that makes your live support suit charges you by the breath for the air you breathe in the suit.  The only problem is that the suits seem … Continue reading Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Five: Oxygen

Health Insurance: Big Spikes and Little Things

My local Sunday paper had an above-the-fold headline the other day: "Obamacare rate could see big spike in NH next year." This refers only to my state, where an unidentified government official leaked to the press a document projecting an average Obamacare-exchange premium rate increase of 44%. The headline could easily have said "another spike." … Continue reading Health Insurance: Big Spikes and Little Things

PR parade sponsors refuse to honor unrepentant terrorist

New York's Puerto Rican Day parade continues to lose sponsors after NY City Council Speaker Melissa Viverito named unrepentant terrorist Oscar López Rivera a “National Freedom Hero” who will be honored at the June 11th parade. First Goya Foods, the parade's largest sponsor throughout its 60-year history, pulled its $200,000. The NYPD Hispanic Society and … Continue reading PR parade sponsors refuse to honor unrepentant terrorist

England Safe from Geller and Spencer Not from Islamic Terror

British Police have named Saman Abedi as the Terrorist suicide bomber caused  the mass murder of Children in England after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and it's reported that another person has been detained in connection to the attack. As I watch the usual suspects are sounding the same, the phrases "Lone Wolf",  Islamophobia … Continue reading England Safe from Geller and Spencer Not from Islamic Terror

Looking and Finding

by baldilocks I had a lot of trouble concentrating today, as anyone who follows my Facebook and Twitter feeds already knows. I got up at around two this morning, having “slept” for a few hours—more of a fitful opening and closing of my eyes. The problem? I have been applying for jobs like crazy for … Continue reading Looking and Finding

Great Jobs in the Technology Industry

It goes without saying that the recruitment sector is driven by demand. From one year to the next, there are patterns and changes regarding numbers of jobs and types of jobs available. As one job type becomes obsolete, new jobs appear, and technology has played a big part in these changes. Many traditional jobs are … Continue reading Great Jobs in the Technology Industry

Media Myths and Vietnam

The media myths surrounding the Vietnam War continue to shape U.S. policy in Asia and throughout the world. As I recently wandered through Vietnam, particularly the area near the DMZ, or the demilitarized zone that separated North and South Vietnam, I couldn’t help but think how media narratives had changed the course of the war … Continue reading Media Myths and Vietnam

My Suggestion for St. Anthony di Padua Church in Fitchburg, Prayer and Fasting

Two years ago in July after over 50 years I left St. Anthony Di Padua Parish in Fitchburg Massachusetts for a different parish.  This was not lightly done, my parents were married there, I and all my brothers and sisters were baptized there, we all went to the parish school, we all received our first … Continue reading My Suggestion for St. Anthony di Padua Church in Fitchburg, Prayer and Fasting

Today’s media makes me ashamed

There's no hole on Earth deep enough for me to hide from the shame my former profession has brought me. Other than a short stint in public relations, I spent 34 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. For the last 25 years of my career, I worked at a mid-size daily, where we did … Continue reading Today’s media makes me ashamed

Report from Louisiana: All Four Monuments are Gone; Some Reflections

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Now that Mitch Landrieu has removed four Confederate era monuments in New Orleans, supposedly we can expect two things as stated by the mayor himself: Crime will drop and the city will unify. New Orleans population will swell to pre-Katrina numbers. Over the past few weeks Landrieu has used the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: All Four Monuments are Gone; Some Reflections