Category: holidays

  • It’s autumn!

    I am ready. I have been waiting for cooler days and colorful trees, but I am not ready for Christmas decorations—not yet! However, they are appearing—already—in my neighborhood. Let’s pause for a week or so and enjoy autumn and Thanksgiving before we jump into the Christmas season. –Joy

  • Halloween, then Christmas?!

    A friend sent out a cartoon showing Cinderella and her fairy godmother. The fairly godmother announces: “And when the clock strikes midnight, Halloween will turn into Christmas.” Let’s celebrate autumn and Thanksgiving first! –Joy

  • Owls are wise

    In her book What an Owl Know—The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds, Jennifer Ackerman says that owls are intelligent. It’s true that an owl’s brain would easily fit into a nut—but owls have relatively large brains for their body size. Also, scientists have discovered that what really matters in intelligent brains is…

  • Owls are good parents

    A mother owl sits on her next for nearly 24 hours a day, with her head low and stomach down. She keeps her eggs at the right temperature, cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. A breeding Snowy Owl will keep her eggs close to 98 degrees, even when the temperature plummets to…

  • Happy October!

    Happy Autumn! Happy October! Happy Almost Halloween! I just read a book that seems appropriate for the season. It’s What an Owl Know—The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. Did you know that 260 species of owls exist today? They range, Ackerman writes, from the Elf Owl, a little nugget…

  • Common rights and respect

    In his book about Abraham Lincoln–And There Was Light, John Meacham writes: “This book charts Lincoln’s struggle as he defined it within the political universe he and his country inhabited—not to celebrate him for moral perfection, for he was morally imperfect, but to illustrate that progress comes when Americans recognize that all, not just some,…

  • Happy Valentine’s Day

    Wishing you a little chocolate and a lot of love on Valentine’s Day! As Charles Schulz once said, “All you need is love—but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

  • Speak up–in a loud voice

    As I said in my last blog post, one of my resolutions for 2023 is to speak up. I was reminded of that resolution recently when I read a Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Joy

  • Be positive

    Yes, I had COVID. But, I didn’t go to the hospital. I don’t have long COVID. I am much better. I am going to count my blessings and have a positive attitude during 2023. That’s my Resolution #5. –Joy

  • Keep fighting

    I just renewed my membership to Planned Parenthood. This was the first sentence in the letter asking me to renew. “No one—not politicians nor the Supreme Court justices—will stop us from fighting for our right to control our bodies and futures.” Keep fighting for women’s rights, for a just world for everyone! That’s my Resolution…