Very few people have a truly open mind, I've found. They're programmed by rigid beliefs based on schooling, religion or something else. They have a hard time with the question, "what if?" They look for "proof," for statistics way early on. They judge and ridicule beliefs that do not meet their . . .
Nothing is ever simple, and that's also true of the strange relationship our country has with cannabis. It shocks me how some ignorant people demonize cannabis with no knowledge of its long history of medicinal use. Or without knowing that our own bodies produce cannibinoids and have networks of . . .
Welcome to Crazytown, USA. We live in interesting times, as the Chinese proverb says. Maybe too interesting, if you ask me. Some strange, strange stuff going on. I blame Facebook. Why not? They're a perfect target. Anyone with an account can vomit up their thoughts and like upchuck, it ain't . . .
When we enter the social media jungle we'll find assumptions. And at least a little judgment and sometimes quite a lot. After all, many social media friends don't have more than a superficial friendship with us, right? They don't really KNOW us. Well, maybe. Sometimes they know us way too well. . . .
This can be a very hard lesson, indeed. Because many times we're driven by what people think of us. Even if we're not conscious of it. People see us through their own filters: their likes, dislikes, insecurities, talents--all of it. Some try to manipulate how people see them. Look at some of the . . .
Dear privileged white men and other delusional people: I have a few things to say to you. DO NOT ASK ME how I know that the stories I retell of detestable infractions against human rights, of inhuman racist and bigoted behavior are true. They're true. But even if only 20 percent of them were true . . .
I'd like to write something heartwarming today, like about my dog, or my husband, or maybe a friend I love. But really, I can't get over how my heart aches over some of the attitudes I see. The latest spate of gun violence, part of our daily news in the 21st century, has brought out a fulsome . . .
These are the people who can put Trump in the White House. Even though America was founded by people seeking tolerance and acceptance for differences, those are traits many Americans do not think are important (if they think at all) and do not represent. The irony is inescapable. The fact is, . . .
"Balls," said the Queen. "If I had two, I'd be king." The King laughed, not because he wanted to (two) but because he had to (two). At dawn the air is cool and if I open all the windows and French doors for a few hours, the house stays fresh and cool most of the day. When the sun starts inching . . .
I live in the same county as the Stanford rapist, his victim, the judge, the D.A. and the probation officer, all key players in a scenario that has been played out thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of times in the United States, but for some reason has now blown up the internet. The . . .