My sister Judy made our mother’s famous – within our circle – yeast rolls for Christmas dinner this year.
Martinez is the new Martinelli. That’s another way of making a critical political point: Hispanic voters increasingly resemble other immigrant groups, such as Italians.
Vladimir Putin thinks the Soviet Union was a great, marvelous, unmatched world power, the Roman Empire in modern setting, a historical miracle spun by Russia’s cultural and ethnic superiority with lots of nuclear weapons to boot. And he wants it back, starting with the nation of Ukraine, peopled, as he sees it, by residents in most ways Russian themselves. He has a Soviet tactic in mind. Attack that country. Make it part of the whole again.
In just five more days, Santa Claus is going to attempt his annual dive down our chimneys.
Some years ago, a friend of mine became part of a big news story.
During a recent Supreme Court hearing, Justice Brett Kavanaugh advanced this case for reversing precedent and canceling a woman’s right to make critical health decisions for herself: “The Constitution is neither pro-life nor pro-choice on the question of abortion but leaves the issue for the people of the states or perhaps Congress to resolve in the democratic process.”
A public health expert recently noted that it is impossible to convince a person thinking illogically using logic. Although COVID vaccines are lifesaving, over 60 million adults remain unvaccinated, some fearful, and worse, some hostile to vaccination and even masking. Politicization regarding the COVID crisis and vaccination is rampant. Millions are willing to believe disinformation from garbage internet and social media sites, politicians, and some in the right-wing media rather than information provided by public health professionals and officials and their own trusted personal health-care providers.
The United States emerged in the 20th century as the world’s most powerful and competitive nation. Our economy, our technology and our political system became the envy of all others. But in recent years, many observers have claimed that America is losing its edge.
I recently read an article by Angela Watson, an educator and instructional coach, encouraging educators to take a sabbatical from Dec 24-Jan 1. Teachers don’t generally work during this time, but Watson suggests teachers don’t even think about work during this sabbatical. Not all of us are educators, but most of us do have some time off between Christmas and New Year’s and a break from thinking about work could be beneficial for all of us and give us the opportunity to be fully present in our personal lives.
IT will be the missing year. Before and after 2020 will be the years we see as the continuum of our lives. 2020 will be the Great Interruption, a chasm for some and just a dip for others caused by COVID-19.