Me and My Bees: Creating a Bee Friendly Home

I’ve actively been trying to replenish the bee population, one flower at a time. I take the problem with our disappearing bee population and all pollinators personally. If I don’t’ do something to help, the colony collapse will be my fault.
Now, I have to admit that my efforts are also selfish as I have fruit trees that rely on pollinators to set fruit. Without the pollinators, my trees will … Read the rest

Behavioral Economics and Decision Paralysis: The Problem of Choice Overload

How many times a day do you make a decision? Most likely you have never thought about it until you are faced with a major decision and no one answer was the right one. It may end up to be the one you finally make and even then, you walk away wondering if it was the correct decision.

In some cases, this is called “Choice Overload,” and “Analysis Paralysis.” In … Read the rest

A Writer Looks at Blockchain

If you are at all paying attention, there has been a lot of chatter about something called Blockchain along with its cryptocurrency cousin, Bitcoin. So, what does it all mean and why do I care as a writer?
Here is why, but let’s get the basics down first.

What is Blockchain?- I’ll try not to get too techy here: The blockchain is what it sounds like in that there … Read the rest

My “Reduce Plastic Packaging” Challenge Part 1

I tend to take a lot of things personally. Such as when Obama was running for U.S. President against Mitt Romney and I knew if I didn’t volunteer for Obama’s campaign and he lost, it was my fault.

I attempt to do things to protect our planet. I have fruit trees, chickens, and plant vegetables in the summer. I also have a rain barrel to capture water and only water … Read the rest

What Exactly Is A Sanctuary City? You May Be Surprised

Do sanctuary cities allow more criminals out on the street? The statistics show that to be inaccurate. Actually, Sanctuary cities have a lower crime rate.

To better define the term, “Sanctuary Cities” is actually a misnomer. Americans believe that it refers to a city that doesn’t prosecute immigrants, so-called “sanctuary cities” actually refer to something far more specific.
There’s no one definition of what is a sanctuary city, it’s a … Read the rest

How to make the Student Strike(s) really count

Photo by Tanja Heffner

To the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. You are MAGNIFICENTLY standing up, speaking out, calling B.S., and planning political action for reasonable legislation. THANK YOU! You are showing our country (and the world) the very best of who we are as human beings and as Americans. You are looking at the problem of gun violence, and particularly at mass shootings in our society, and … Read the rest

We’ve been here before: Lack of respect for experts and each other

Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, is an expert and believes his information should have merit. However, as he writes, he says he expects his opinion should be respected as it comes from someone who has studied and is an expert on certain topics.

But that is not happening today. He is finding that expert opinion is not respected … Read the rest

COINTELPRO: The checkered history and recovery of the FBI

It’s not news that our Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) comes under attack over what some decry as overbearing behavior. It’s a tough job and often attacked by those who would least benefit from doing the job the agents signed up for.

A lot depends on who is in charge. This was particularly true in the 1960’s and 70’s when J. Edgar Hoover headed the agency. Back then, Hoover created … Read the rest

What Price Safety Over Privacy: A Slippery Slope Revisited

In 2012 I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about what price do we pay for losing our privacy in the name of safety? The subject is still very pertinent today as it was when we were all discussing warrantless wiretapping by the Federal Bureau of Investigating (FBI).

I asked how much privacy are we willing to give up ensuring our safety against possible terrorist attacks?

Still not sure … Read the rest

Living in our Filter Bubble-breakout and smell the opposition

This post is prompted by an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, How San Franciscans ruin Leibovitz — and the electorate by Daniel P. Beckmann, Ph.D., a former Obama campaign digital strategist. In it he bemoans a show of Annie Leibovitz photographs to the Bay Area audience that stifled opposition. Beckmann stated that the audience reaction took away from free interpretation of the photographs by voicing a loud opinion of … Read the rest