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'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... — Updated 11/15/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/11/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 8/30/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 8/9/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion


“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.... — Updated 7/26/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 7/12/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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 th... — Updated 7/5/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Music is good for your soul – and your health | Moment's Notice

“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,... — Updated 6/14/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 5/31/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Buen provecho: Comfort food in Puerto Rico | Moment's Notice

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... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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 sta... — Updated 5/3/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 4/26/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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,... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

We know too much to go back and pretend | Moment's Notice

“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend.” – Helen Reddy My mom loves to tell a story from my childhood of one... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Chasing firetrucks | Moment's Notice

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and ca... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

What's in a date? | Moment's Notice

Anniversary, celebration, remembrance, birthday, National Day of … Oct. 24 was National Chicken Fried Steak Day, National Day of the Deployed, National Mincemeat, Mule Day, and... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Who gets the luck? | Moment's Notice

"Luck is preparation meeting opportunity." – Oprah Winfrey I recently the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C., with scholars and alumni from my scholarship organization to expe... — Updated 10/5/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Goodbye, snollygoster. Hello, aporophobia? | Moment's Notice

During a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madrid a few years ago, I visited the mecca of the Spanish language: the Real Academia Española, the defender of proper Spanish. I grew up... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

15: Complex, triangular, pernicious, and much more | Moment's Notice

Fifteen, 15. It’s a complex number. It’s a composite number (formed through multiplication), a deficient number (like all prime numbers, but it’s not prime), a pernicious... — Updated 9/14/2022


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