Pollination Nation

Pollination Nation

As waves of pollen sweep the nation from south to north, sniffles and sneezes follow in their train, along with the occasional muttered curse. At the right time of year, wind in the pines can produce billowing clouds of yellow stickiness. Oak and other hardwoods are...
Too Few People, or Too Little Jesus?

Too Few People, or Too Little Jesus?

I’ve seen more blaming than hand wringing over the Gallup organization’s recent poll showing that less than half of Americans claim membership in any church, mosque or synagogue. Gallup first started tracking church membership in 1937, when 73% of American adults...
Cave of Horror, or of Wonder?

Cave of Horror, or of Wonder?

The Israeli Antiquities Authority announced earlier this month the finding of a “new” Dead Sea Scroll in the Judean desert. Most news accounts tell only part of the story: the rest is far more interesting. The “new scroll” (and both words belong in quotation marks)...
How Far Is Too Far?

How Far Is Too Far?

I’m all for being sensitive to other people and trying to avoid unnecessary offense. The trouble with that is knowing where the lines are, and who qualifies as a victim of prejudicial language. Can any racial or ethnic group be stigmatized by stereotypes, or only...
Think Your Taxes Are Too High?

Think Your Taxes Are Too High?

April 15 is fast approaching. Federal and state income tax returns will soon be due, though some are pushing for a delay due to COVID related difficulties. Tax season can be stressful. With the help of a popular software program, I compile and file our tax returns...