PROTECT and SERVE

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN + Oregon Live) — Four Oregon State Police troopers went into a Corvallis coffee shop without wearing a mask, which prompted the OSP superintendent to put at least one of them on administrative leave during the investigation. [The state has mandated masks for everyone inside public places as a way to stem [...]

HALFWAY

Today is halfway through 2020 and it's a good place to pause and take stock. For many human beings this has already been a tragic year on so many levels, so I feel I need to access my situation. We are both retired so we're doing fine as far as finances go. That is, unlike [...]

SPEAKING UP

from 27 June 2020, The New York Times: "It’s crazy. I’ve never been to a protest before — like, ever. I got inspired by what people were doing all across America, but there was no protest in Nashville at the time. I was like, why isn’t Tennessee doing anything? Why are they silent?"—Zee Thomas Two days [...]

MASK

All persons in my county must be masked when visiting any indoor public space, beginning 1 July 2020. The county itself requested this. As a friend said to me on the phone: we're a tourist economy and people come here from everywhere. We need some protection. from NPR "Masks And The Outdoor Exerciser: Advice For Runners, [...]

ACCEPTANCE

Acceptance is a multilayered thing that means different things to different people. It can even mean different things to the same people at different times. Case in point— Among writers, "acceptance" has a specific meaning: work has been accepted for publication. The journals I send my work to have an acceptance rate that is quite [...]

FIRST

The 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Religion, speech, [...]

GENTLE RAIN

  My feet are still up instead of walking for a couple more days, Jeanie Tomalek's painting has been lost by the UPS since 19 May, the Russian doll and the CD from Estonia are still somewhere between there and here even though the Atlantic is not so big as the Pacific Ocean, Butterfly Fontanelle [...]

RISK

A friend traveled to her vacation house, another marched for justice, and our younger son and his children are here for the weekend. Most of my yarn order arrived in the post office, but we will not visit before Monday or Tuesday. The website promoting my fifty-year high school reunion has not been updated for [...]

continued SHIPPING ADVENTURES

Some good news and some other news. Mostly funny stuff. Mail, stories, running, television. The TV remote fell over the back of the couch last night and we could only turn the television on and off, but we could not use the up/down/side-to-side button that would allow us to access anything online. There is no [...]