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  • Monday Musings, Vol. 11
    Monday Musings, Vol. 11
    Dear Friends,The time has come for yet another edition of Monday Musings. (Can you handle it? Can you?)As I write this, I’m feeling a bit of pressure to keep turning those pages. As you may (or may not) know, I’m on a mission to...
  • Weed and grass killers
    Earth Day memo: Pesticide and herbicide use causing an environmental nightmare
    Millions of Americans are to blame for the serious problems that are occurring due to our obsessions with nicely manicured lawns and well-maintained golf courses. The use of chemicals on our lawns is leading to illnesses, diseases and the death of...
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    Another Earth Day
    April 22nd is the 45th anniversary of the first official Earth Day. Began in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, the day was initiated as a national “teach-in” about environmental issues. Nelson’s environmental...
  • Monday Musings, Vol. 10
    Monday Musings, Vol. 10
    Dear Readers,Welcome to another edition of Monday Musings—or, as I sometimes like to think of it, the unburdening of an unabashed bookworm.Spring has arrived! (Though you might not have known it, given the snowflakes swirling around this...
  • The Right vs. The left: How we can get along
    5 Ways the right and the left can begin to get along
    Yesterday I wrote an article about five things that Republicans don't understand about Liberals. This article was met with backlash from the right, which was expected. Nobody will praise something they don't like after all. After thinking...
  • Monday Musings, Vol. 9
    Monday Musings, Vol. 9
    Dear Friends,Welcome to another edition of Monday Musings—or, as I sometimes like to think of it, therapeutic ramblings of a book-crazed introvert.Just moments ago, I turned the last page of my twenty-first book of the year. Not a bad way to...
  • Life is Strange Screenshot
    Opinion: Video games will tell the next best stories
    If you still don’t believe video games are the future of great storytelling, you’ve got to get with the times.One of the earliest movies was called L'arrivée du train en gare de La Ciotat, or The Arrival of a Train, which was a...
  • Do yourself a favor and thin your music collection occasionally
    Do yourself a favor and thin your music collection occasionally
    Earlier today, I was listening to Perfect Past Tense by Earwig simply because one of the songs on the album ("Anatomical Gift") just popped into my head. It should be noted that I got to know most of the songs on the album when I was a...
  • Over Southern California
    Three Days in Review
    I recently had three consecutive days of theatrical reviews. That much concentration is extraordinary. Fun perhaps, challenging for sure and a wee bit unique.Friday night it was “I am Already Well” a one person show created and...
  • Harrisburg
    PA politics in a state of turmoil
    Pennsylvania politics are a mess. There’s a fiasco with the state attorney general, a crooked state treasurer who resigned in disgrace, dishonorable judges, district attorneys who won’t enforce state law and now a new governor who...
  • Gun shows
    Should lawmakers prohibit minors under age 12 from gun shows?
    In New York, a lawmaker wants to prohibit minors under the age of 12 from being able to visit a gun show anywhere in the state even if under the supervision of a parent. The reason being is that would reduce gun violence.The bill, A967, was...
  • National School Choice Week rally
    With school choice, as people have the will, might legislators find the way?
    With the Texas Legislature once again in session, school choice is already surfacing as a contentious issue. A Taxpayer Savings Grant Program bill allowing education dollars to follow students will pit parents, students and others believing...
  • Monday Musings, Vol. 8
    Monday Musings, Vol. 8
    Dear Readers,Welcome to another edition of Monday Musings—or, as I sometimes like to think of it, missives from a manic bookworm.First, I am proud to tell you that this month marks my sixth year as the Hartford Books Examiner for Examiner...
  • Je Suis Frederic Boisseau
    R.I.P. Frederic Boisseau: Charlie Hebdo's Most Innocent Victim
    I never heard ofFrédéric Boisseau before Jan. 7, 2015. That's because he was a janitor at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, and not even remotely famous.That day, Frederic Boisseau was manning the reception desk over the lunch break as two...
  • Agatha Christie
    An Ode to Agatha
    Agatha Christie is all the rage.Though deceased since 1976, she remains the most widely published author of all-time, and is outsold only by the Bible and William Shakespeare. Impressive company, no? She is to publishing what The Beatles are to...
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