AP Report: Girl Believed To Be The Tiniest Newborn . . .

. . . weighed as much as an apple. This was reported by Julie Watson and John Antczak out of San Diego. I believe the date was Wednesday, May 29. NPR also picked up the story. Bobby Allyn wrote the story for NPR. Considered a micro-preemie, she was 8.6 ounces at birth.The pregnancy was 23 […]

In A Library . . . Without Books

Twenty-one years ago I began work in this library at a small university in Oregon. When I began my time here, where I am seated was full of bookshelves filled to the max. But now this is it: Not a bookshelf to be seen! Not a person t0 be seen either. That’s because it is […]

Memorial Day: My Experience Today

If you read my previous post, you know that I just wasn’t cut-out to be in the military. The fact is I’m a pacifist. A pretty radical pacifist, at that. But my father was pleased. He was a marine in the South Pacific during World War II. In fact, as a non-commissioned officer himself, he […]

Memorial Day: My Brief Military Service

I was a chaplain in the Air Force for two years. I served in several places — California, Texas, Alabama, and Colorado. It was OK. It was during the Cold War so there wasn’t open conflict, although there were several questionable things going on at the time. Some of the more memorable things were 1) […]

White Supremacist In The Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is where I live. Today (May 26), an Associated Press reporter, Nicholas K. Geranios, published an article about far-right extremists “maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.” The author goes on to say: “In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, […]

Beauty

Beauty! This is beautiful! A few days ago I was struggling to regain my balance mentally. Yesterday, I spent the whole day working in the dirt, planting flowers around the house. The inventory included two roses and two peonies (one of them bare root.) As I write this, I’m staring at a beautiful bouquet of […]

My Mental Health

Right now? Not good. Because I have good meds and a service dog to help me navigate the social world, many people presume I don’t have any problems with mental illness anymore. Again, not true! I do have excellent meds; a regimen that we worked out together over a period of about five to six […]

Dissociation and White Privilege

Commencement for the graduate schools and the Adult Degree Completion program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, USA, drew a very large crowd. I believe the estimates ran around 6,000 people, near capacity for the venue. There were a lot of students graduating and a lot of people that loved them in the crowd. Because […]

I Can’t Believe I’m About To Write About This

There is a political wave washing over the country right now, at least in Red states. It’s the prohibition against abortion once the fetal heartbeat is detected at anywhere from 6 – 12 weeks of pregnancy, some with no exemptions for instances of rape or incest. A couple of the bills do exempt in the […]

The Value Of Higher Ed

Every day I read the Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s a good way for me to stay current on what’s going on in my old work place. Although for the past 15 years I have worked exclusively with graduate school students (i.e., those students that have already earned an undergraduate degree, a bachelors degree, and […]