Girls can change the world, but need to have that chance

2018 was called “The Year of the Woman” after a series of historic firsts and long-overdue breakthroughs.  A record 117 women were elected or appointed to Congress in midterm elections in November. Ireland voted to repeal one of the world’s most restrictive abortion bans. Ethiopia appointed its first female president. And women in Saudi Arabia were permitted … Continue reading Girls can change the world, but need to have that chance

The pandemic has created a hunger and food bank crisis

More than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, millions of U.S. families are struggling to pay for basic necessities. Some families can’t afford diapers, and others are being threatened with eviction. One in every six households doesn’t have enough to eat.  About 5 million school children live in a household where people can’t afford sufficient … Continue reading The pandemic has created a hunger and food bank crisis

Democracy only works when We The People participate

National Geographic It’s very disconcerting to be barraged with negative news every single day, and to feel so powerless. But our country offers us the chance to make it different: every citizen has a voice in the nation’s narrative, even when we feel helpless.  Voting is one of the most impactful things we can do … Continue reading Democracy only works when We The People participate

Remembering The Legendary Superhero: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Wikiwand.com The news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on September 19th brought Americans from across generations together to honor her life. Our nation is in mourning for the loss of such an inspiring leader, thinker, trailblazer and role model. She was instrumental in breaking down piece by piece gender discrimination woven deep … Continue reading Remembering The Legendary Superhero: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Love in the time of coronavirus distancing

Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now It’s wedding season, but large gatherings aren’t permitted, few people are flying and most venues are closed for business. And the few weddings that have dared to violate state guidelines, have proven the immense risk of bringing your nearest and dearest together -- like the wedding in Maine in August that resulted … Continue reading Love in the time of coronavirus distancing

Lightning “fire siege” in Northern California destroys property and lives

Lightning illuminates the sky over the Bay Bridge - Carlos Avila Gonzalez, SF Chronicle, Associated Press On August 17th, lightning strikes started what was originally hundreds of fires across Northern California. Twenty thousand lightning strikes ignited the dry vegetation from an earlier record-breaking heatwave, sparking fires not just in Northern California, but all over the … Continue reading Lightning “fire siege” in Northern California destroys property and lives

Small businesses need our help now!

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock - A city block in the SoHo section of New York City remains empty due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Coronavirus Outbreak, New York, USA - 17 Mar 2020 Over the past few months, I’ve missed my daily greetings and interactions with the small coffee shops and delis in my neighborhood. These … Continue reading Small businesses need our help now!

Our environment has improved, thanks to coronavirus

Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images With billions of people around the world under stay-at-home measures, one unexpectedly positive consequence is how this has affected the environment. Stay at home orders have reduced pollution and replenished wildlife around the globe. The air is clearer, waters are cleaner and wild animals are reclaiming natural habitats.  … Continue reading Our environment has improved, thanks to coronavirus

Giving birth and overcoming new challenges during COVID-19

Creator: Leo Patrizi Penn Magazine Though most day-to-day life is suspended due to COVID-19, one thing can’t be put on pause: childbirth.  On average, more than 10,000 babies are born every day in the United States.  Preparing for labor in the best of times is nerve-wracking, but coronavirus has meant pregnant women face additional challenges … Continue reading Giving birth and overcoming new challenges during COVID-19

The Long Road of Injustice

ABC news I witnessed hateful behavior at my daughter’s high school graduation last week. We were at her drive-in graduation, watching the live ceremony happening a few yards away on a jumbo screen while listening on our radios. A parent rolled down his window and loudly heckled commencement speakers when they alluded to anything about … Continue reading The Long Road of Injustice