"Israel is our homeland ... we had no homeland for thousands of years...."Does this statement give anyone else a sick feeling? I have no intention of determining who is right or wrong in the…Continue
Have you ever been at a family gathering where everyone in the group sits and waits for others to get a meal together, the tables set, the chairs assembled, and the food cooked and prepared? There…Continue
Matt Taibbi "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"Matt Taibbi's new book "The…Continue
"While it’s been suggested that Jack-o-Lantern is genuinely old, there are no written references to it until 1663 when it’s referred to as “Jack with the Lantern.” Old Jack with the Lantern was one of many fairy tale stories featuring the trickster figure “Jack.” According to his Lantern tale, God wouldn’t accept Jack into heaven, and Satan wouldn’t accept him into hell, but Lucifer was nice enough to throw a burning ember of coal Jack’s way, which Jack then kept in a hollowed out turnip.…Continue
My Grandfather, Alphonse Fulgentino Jules Denoo, born in Ruddervoorde, West Vlaanderen, Belgium in 1877, told me he came to the United States in 1900, and travelled by train to Escanaba, Michigan. He lived there for a while in a Belgian community and decided he wanted to get away from his Belgian language. He went by train to Seattle. He reported to me that he rode a horse from Seattle, through Moses Coulee, to Spokane, and then to Emida, Idaho. He met and married my grandmother…Continue
Forty years ago, on July 1, 1974 I bought an old house that was the most decrepit in the neighborhood. The plumbing and electrical system needed replacing, and the roof had a swag. Mice overran the house and property. Volunteer trees and weeds filled the garden with healthy growth.
The house sits on the edge of a swamp, created by fire, ice…Continue