In 2007, CNN introduced to their viewers 10 individuals - CNN Heroes - selected from public nominations - and honored them in a television special that acknowledged their extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and their communities. At the end of the televised special, viewers are invited to vote to determine CNN's Hero of the Year. … Continue reading Everyday Heroes
Last year, about this time, I posted a blog entitled Environmentally Friendly Gift Giving. I suggested giving items that do not harm the planet, like “consumables”, or products that displace the use of plastic (e.g., reusable water bottle), or an “experience” – all items in lieu of “stuff”. I also suggested giving someone a little … Continue reading Gifts of Love
I recently learned that November is Native American Heritage Month. (Thank you, James.) This declaration originated over 100 years ago as a day of recognition for the significant contributions Native Americans have made to our nation. President George H. W. Bush expanded it into a month-long celebration by approving a joint resolution of Congress, establishing … Continue reading Native American Heritage Month
One of the first blogs I wrote, almost two years ago, discussed the need to eliminate the use of single-use plastics and my personal plan to address it. Since that time, I’ve become obsessed with this idea and often think about what more I can do. I’ve written about it many times. It baffles me … Continue reading Our Plastic Waste World
Years ago, when we lived in St. Louis, we took our kids to the Six Flags amusement park, home of the “Screamin’ Eagle” roller coaster. Unlike newer ones today, the Screamin’ Eagle was wooden and pretty rough on a middle-aged body. Emotionally, over this past week, I’ve felt like I was on that old roller … Continue reading Quite A Week
Last year I began writing about choices I could make to “Save The World”. Some choices, such as eliminating plastic water and soda bottles, and plastic straws, have been very easy. Similarly, eliminating plastic bags and using reusable shopping and vegetable bags is now automatic. Every time I use them, it makes me feel good … Continue reading It’s About Choices
John Prine, 1971 One of my favorite musical artists is John Prine. We lost him earlier this year, another Covid victim. The first song on his first album is titled Illegal Smile. It describes the plight of a fellow who is down on his luck and what he does to compensate. In one lyric, he … Continue reading Climate Insurance?
I am surprised that so many people I know do not seem to take climate change seriously. When I read about the devastation our planet will likely suffer over the next few decades, and then consider our collective reluctance to make substantive changes to avoid these events, I don’t understand it. But recently I found … Continue reading But Will It Affect ME?
Sir David Attenborough Netflix has released a new documentary featuring Sir David Attenborough, a well-known BBC broadcaster and historian, who has extensively studied and documented the history of animal and plant life on earth. He is responsible for the series, Life on Earth, beginning in 1979, which created a body of work that became a … Continue reading A Life On Our Planet
Judges play a crucial role in protecting our rights as citizens. That’s their job and often when deciding cases, judges must strike a balance between competing interests of different citizens and groups using our constitution as the roadmap. Choosing judges that will fairly execute these responsibilities is therefore extremely important because otherwise, justice will not … Continue reading Climate Court