Clearing The Plains

I had anticipated reading this new history book for awhile; it’s about John A. MacDonald (whom some people actually consider to be the first Prime Minister) starving prairie aboriginals out of existence so (white) settlers could move in. Honestly, what an academic read! I am, alas, not really an academic and like your old pal …

People Are People

“Why athletes like Uruguay’s Luis Saurez bite,” reads the headline. “Why athletes bite,” would be smarter and more appropriate (the article does include a mention US citizen Mike Tyson’s biting incident). The story has nothing to do with Uruguay; Luis Saurez’s birthplace is irrelevant. The article talks to psychologists about emotion, suppressed emotion, and rationality/reason …

The War Over Patriotism

Sour Grapes, of Wrath Probably, I am one of Barack Obama’s biggest fans in the world.  When I first heard his name, I thought it was ‘Barako Bahma”; I read over his famous “red and blue” Purple Speech and was totally won over. I don’t pretend to understand politics; the “Right and Left” paradigm is …

Day 10 (Without Sugar); Warning labels on Junk Food, #2

It took me awhile to mentally associate “poor health” with the beautiful colors and delicious tastes of so many tempting junk food items; I wish there had always been warning labels on junk food. It’s not hard to give up sugar; I’ve done it before. I’m a sugarholic; it’s my escape and crutch and if …