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  • Much Ado Makes for Much ‘I Do’

    From Shaw’s “Pygmalion” to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” we, as audiences, love to see confirmed bachelors or bachelorettes inveigled into marriage. The more louche or outré the singleton the better. It somehow ratifies the sweetness, rightness and inevitability of our own domestic arrangements while at the same time flattering us that under our humdrum exterior [...]

    Mistress of the Mix: The Scoop on the 2015-16 Cascade Theatre Performance Series

    A few days ago, a thick manila envelope landed on my desk, filled with top secret stuff. It’s one of the wonderful privileges of being on the inside track at the Cascade Theatre, getting the scoop on the upcoming season before its released to the public. And one of the wonderful privileges of reading the [...]

    Free Therapy # 62: Chasing Happy (3) – The Observing Mind and Thinking Mind are Different

    On rare occasions in my life, I’ve suffered momentary break-downs when sudden waves of sorrow would sweep over me in a storm of tears that wrenched up out of me in sobbing pleas and prayers; petitions to some unknown force for answers that never came.

    Climate Change: So, What Can We Do?

    Climate Change is bearing down on us, accelerating month by month. Simply put, it’s all about carbon in the atmosphere. Carbon up = global warming; Carbon down = global cooling. Scientific surveys prove that rising carbon emissions are changing normal weather patterns, creating huge dead zones in the oceans, melting arctic glaciers and causing a [...]

    Speak Your Piece: ‘Our Citizens Need Hope That They Can Get a Job With a Living Wage’

    As a nurse practitioner in family practice, one of my foremost goals is to prevent disease.  In the medical community we know that if we can get a patient to lose weight, exercise and in some cases take medication, we can prevent a patient from a needlessly expensive hospital stay and costly surgical procedure at [...]

    The Future Of Policing Is A Friendly Rottweiler

    American policing is at a crossroads. The recent death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department was just the latest in a long series of officer involved killings that have focused the public’s attention on the use of deadly force by police. The use of excessive force isn’t confined [...]

    “Lang May Yer Lum Reek”

    When I was about to move to Scotland someone asked innocently, “Are you going to have to learn to speak Scottish?” I blinked a bit at that, and the next question was, “Did I just say something really dumb?” We had a giggle about it but I remember explaining that people do speak English in [...]

    Mistress of the Mix: I Felt The Earth Move

    I know where I was. Just like the day JFK was shot, and just like 9/11, we’re all going to remember exactly where we were and what we were doing last Wednesday. That was the day we all thought a truck had run into the building, right? I’ve sorta kinda always wanted to experience an [...]

    Free Therapy # 61: Chasing Happy (2)

    On rare occasions in my life, I’ve suffered momentary break-downs when sudden waves of sorrow would sweep over me in a storm of tears that wrenched up out of me in sobbing pleas and prayers; petitions to some unknown force for answers that never came.


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