Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Linda Downing

It’s time to be a scaredy-cat

`Tis the season when we celebrate being afraid or causing fear. Grown men scream and run without being called “scaredy-cat.” Real women wail and quake. Parents frighten their children, even babies, without being arrested for child abuse...
Published: 10/24/14

Feeling ‘courage-ish’ could be close enough

According to Pia De Jong, writing for The Washington Post this month, the popularity of adding the suffix “-ish” to almost any noun or adjective reflects our “urge to squirm out of the rigidity of words.” Weather is ȁ...
Published: 10/17/14

Maybe it’s not ‘who’ but ‘where’

He stands proudly, one blue foot lifted, the other webbed appendage grasping a rock. His yellow eye follows a razor-sharp beak turned upward to the sky. The blue-footed booby featured in October’s Oprah magazine perfectly illustrates Dr. Seuss...
Published: 10/10/14

Contradictions spell no battle plan

The world throughout all its times and seasons faces contradictions that defy sanity and deny God. Even Helen Thomas, the deceased veteran newscaster who covered 11 U.S. presidents, might quiver at her own accurate, prophetic words: “War makes...
Published: 10/03/14

Wrong plus wrong equals more wrong

Some things are wrong and the more we try to prove them right, the more wrong they become. Sooner or later, a rotten platform crumbles. “Two wrongs don’t make a right” holds true. The rub comes in our definitions of “right...
Published: 09/26/14

Women’s Equality Day recognizes adults

Next Tuesday, Aug. 26, is Women’s Equality Day, marking the 1920 moment when the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. It took too long for the U.S. to grant women the first steps toward the equality inherently theirs since humanity...
Updated: 2 months ago

Let’s pause for a moment of silence

“Silence is not the absence of something, but the presence of everything,” says Gordon Hempton, founder of One Square Inch of Silence, an independent research project in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park. Its website makes th...
Updated: 2 months ago

A sliver of land holds destiny

Isn’t it strange that a sliver of land known as Israel, surrounded by hostility, not only of neighbors but also of the world, is almost daily in the news? Isn’t it strange that the sliver invokes special meetings of the United Nations a...
Updated: 2 months ago

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