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There’s always more to learn | Moment's Notice

Many in America – and the world – watched, riveted, to the dramatic scene in the musical “Hamilton” when Alexander Hamilton decides to vote for Thomas Jefferson to be …

'But I'm busy' | Moment's Notice

"It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" – Henry David Thoreau Busy is how most of us begin (and persist through) our days. A normal morning …

What everyday heroes can create | Moment's Notice

“We could be heroes, just for one day.” – David Bowie Walking down a long hallway the other day, looking at statues of important figures from American history, I saw an unambiguous …

To be fair: The middle of fact and fiction | Moment's Notice

“To be fair …” begins many a sentence intended to present the other side of a situation or issue. It is not a phrase we hear much these days, except in jest. If you have not seen the …

Better to have loved and lost | Moment's Notice

Loss, noun: The act or an instance of losing; one that is lost; the condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone. “Loss” is a complex word. We only consider something lost …

The meaning of X | Moment's Notice

Editor’s note: We are returning to a column published in October 2021. It seems timely with Elon Musk’s decision to replace “Twitter” with “X.” X – such a dramatic letter, …

HOT! HOT! HOT!

“It’s hot. It’s like Africa-hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.” – Eugene Morris Jerome, “Biloxi Blues” “The Pacific Northwest is a temperate climate.” “Summer …

Revolutionary patriotism | Moment's Notice

“A great democracy has got to be progressive, or it will soon cease to be either great or a democracy.” – Teddy Roosevelt “America the Beautiful” is a tune we all know well. Played …

Eulogy for a fishhawk, shot in county | Moment's Notice

“Birds are mediators between heaven and earth.” – Terry Tempest Williams My dad used to hold me in front of the kitchen window of our duplex in the city, and we would watch the birds …

“After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexplicable is music.” – Aldus Huxley There is something about a good song. It transports you to a place in time, a feeling, …

Wouldn't you like to be a grudger, too? | Moment's Notice

grudge v. : to be unwilling to give or admit: give or allow reluctantly or resentfully n. : a feeling of deep-seated resentment or ill will The other day at a meeting, someone made …

Imagine your favorite restaurant or café, the place you go when you want to relax or share stories with friends and family. The dishes come, you put your napkin in your lap, pick up your knife …

The gift of a great book: Thought

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine.” – Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” When I was 13, I saved my allowance to buy a biography about a rock star. I had …

Steeped in history: Fancy a cup of tea? | Moment's Notice

“Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James Few bites compare to a scone with …

Memories of home | Moment's Notice

Growing up, I spent a lot of time reading. My mom would say that hours would go by and they would not see me unless they peeked into my room to find me in a corner, usually sitting on the floor, with …

Comfortably numb? | Moment's Notice

Desensitization: noun. The process of reducing or eliminating sensitivity; the act or process of desensitizing, of dulling or reducing sensation. I have always said I want to maintain a bit of …

Mansplaining: You know what you need to do | Moment's Notice

”Men explain things to me, and facts do not get in their way” – Rebecca Solnit Molly Tuttle, one of the most extraordinary bluegrass singers, composers, and guitar players, won a Grammy …

Unidentified objects in magical places | Moment's Notice

“There’s a starman waiting in the sky/He’s told us not to blow it/’Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile” – David Bowie Is there a difference between an unidentified flying object, …

Starting off the new year … with a cough

Before the holidays, we read and heard the reports about a tripledemic, about the virulent flu strains, and about RSV more intense than in past years, not to mention the common cold. The return …

Snowy holidays: Delightful, thoughtful | Moment's Notice

Oh, the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we've no place to go Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow Like the song says, if the weather has to be …

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