Putin “Peacekeeping” Opposes Principles

Putin called the Russian advance into Ukraine “peacekeeping” at the start of the war. The United Nations, however, lays claim to the term. UN Peacekeeping Operations date back to 1948. The UN has used the phrase for over seventy-four years. The term – Peacekeeping Operations – refers to a deployment of troops that seek “to controlContinue reading “Putin “Peacekeeping” Opposes Principles”

Cancel Culture Misses Moments but Matures

It could be the shoes left on the floor in the hallway again. Or the fighting. Or the yelling. As a parent of two young girls, I understand that it’s hard to live with uncivilized people. In this sense, I can identify with the callout movement. Like these defenders, I’ve tried to make my worldContinue reading “Cancel Culture Misses Moments but Matures”

Mission: Live Well, Lose Covid Weight

The batteries in my scale are not wearing down. A magnetic pole reversal isn’t causing the circuits to misfire.  Water weight doesn’t explain the number of pounds that I’ve packed on over the past year. Learning that I’m one of the two in five Americans joining the “Quarantine 15” isn’t making me feel any better.Continue reading “Mission: Live Well, Lose Covid Weight”

Feel Feelings, Slow Down, Taste Food

The latest news on Covid often drums up intense emotions like grief, fear, and anger. We might feel relief, running to the kitchen and delving into a jar of peanut butter. We might numb that grief, fear, and anger by chewing on crackers or eating lots of cookies. The relief that we get, though, lastsContinue reading “Feel Feelings, Slow Down, Taste Food”

Feast Freely but Follow Up to Live Well

Eating freely is not always bad for average people. Crunching on popcorn while watching an exciting movie feels good.  A hot mug of Irish coffee in winter comforts the body and mind.  Delving into chocolate cake can inspire us to do an extra-hard workout the next day. We might wake up more relaxed after thatContinue reading “Feast Freely but Follow Up to Live Well”

Professional Boundaries

Majority Rule, Minority Rights I read the email from Principal Myers that asked me to stop by his office after school. I gulped, afraid that he wanted to talk about the complaints that Ms. Putram made against Ms. Rochier, a teacher I worked with. Ms. Rochier and I had become close. I was a long-termContinue reading “Professional Boundaries”

Gift Exchange Ideas that Outshine Mine

I Give Good Enough Gifts My parents like the gifts that I give them. My father recently mentioned the stew that he made in the Instant Pot that I gifted him last year. My mother still wears the shawl that I got her once. The framed pictures of their grandkids that I had tucked intoContinue reading “Gift Exchange Ideas that Outshine Mine”

A Politics-Free Holiday Dinner

Last Year, Christmas Began on a High Note A cinnamon candle in the foyer of my NJ home greeted family members as they arrived. In the living room by the fireplace, we drank wine, and while listening to holiday standards, nibbled on grapes and cheese. The kids played with their new toys; Uncle Thomas andContinue reading “A Politics-Free Holiday Dinner”