Hmmm… do I see a pattern here?

OK, correct me if I’m wrong but haven’t the last two Republican presidents, the Shrub and Orangeman, lost the popular vote? And didn’t Obama win the popular vote BOTH times he ran? And now Hillary Clinton carries on the proud tradition of winning the vote and losing the election. Just in case anyone wonders who the American people really wanted for president.

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My Friday

And how did I spend this day when, above all else, I wanted to be nowhere near a tv or radio or Internet? I spent it with two lovely young men emptying every closet in my house as well as the utility room and getting rid of stuff I brought down from Barrow 16 years ago that I have never seen or used since. Can’t believe how much space I have now. Tomorrow, one last closet and then reorganizing the garage with all the stuff we moved into there, all the stuff that needs to go to the dump (one Continue reading →

Columns 2017

How we treat mental illnesses

Once again we face the dismal reality that as a society, we have made little to no progress in understanding and treating mental illness. Over the centuries, people with mental illnesses have been considered touched by the gods, possessed by the devil and full of the wrong humors. Once we understood mental illness was just that, an illness, you’d think we’d have come up with a rational way to deal with it. But this, of all illnesses, seems to be the one we can’t wrap our heads around. No matter what society says out loud, privately most people just want Continue reading →


How are we doing?

How are we doing in Alaska in dealing with people with mental illnesses? How has society as a whole progressed since the day we thought that people with mental health problems were either touched by a god or possessed by the devil?

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White-knuckle driving

When I was much, much younger, I thought driving through snow on clogged roads was a blast, a challenge, something that exhilarated me.

After being required to drive in yesterday’s storm, I would like to reverse my judgement on those drives. They are horrible, scary and cause my stomach to hurt so much I can’t even eat… and as we all know, when I can’t eat, I must be having a near death experience.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the snow. I’d just love it more if I could just stay home and watch it out the window instead Continue reading →


Snow days

I love snow days when I can sink into my chair and watch the snow fall while staying safe and warm in my home. But today I have to go out for two different animal appointments. Sigh. Please hold the worse of the snow off until I get back. I hate white-knuckling it while I’m driving. I hate it even more when there is no car in front of me to follow and I have to figure out where the lane is.

But aside from that, I love snow days.

Happy MLK Day too! Seems more important this year than Continue reading →