Dear Boy Scouts of America (BSA) parents, those of you who were shocked, livid, dismayed, appalled, about Trump’s speech at this year’s National Jamboree,
Tom Horneman probably spoke for a lot of you when he wanted the BSA to apologize: Continue reading
Posted in Government, Open letters, Psychology, Recreation
Tagged 2017 National Jamboree, Boy Scouts of America, BSA, critical thinking, Ethics, Hitler Youth, independent thought, morality, opinion, Scout Law, Scout Oath, Trump
This article is written by my cousin. If you live in Holland or in Europe and you’re able to donate to keep the magazine Lotje&Co afloat, please do. Parents of special-needs children can feel so isolated and this magazine helps them with support and communication.
Posted in Healthcare, Psychology, Writing
Tagged crowdfunding, gezondheidszorg, Lotje&Co, samenleving, society, special needs children, support, welzijn, Writing, zorgintensieve kinderen
Today’s writing prompt is the perfect excuse to revisit the post about my raft book collection.
I’m not big on collections. I used to be. I had all sorts of collections. If I saw something I liked, I would start a collection. Until I felt that I was surrounding myself with things just for the sake of surrounding myself with things, and I got rid of most of them. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Nature, Sports, Uncategorized, Vacations, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged adventure stories, book collections, books, raft books, rafts, survival stories, writing prompt adrift
(It’s April, so it’s National Poetry Writing Month. One prompt I saw this morning was to find a picture of your younger self and write a poem describing the mood and telling your younger self something about the future. I had just the thing already on my mind.) Continue reading
A reader of my blog recently published a novel and he has been kind enough to send me a signed copy!
The story makes the connection between the famines of Ireland in the nineteenth century, the Netherlands during the Hunger Winter of 1944-1945 under German occupation, and Ethiopia in the early 1980s, thus bringing into view the universality of the effects of hunger, war and displacement. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Emigration / Immigration, History, World War Two
Tagged books, emigration, Ethiopia, famine, hunger winter, Irish Potato Famine, netherlands in WWII, refugees, starvation, World War Two
Breakfast in Central Park, May 1998
Yesterday I was reading something that reminded me how much I loved breastfeeding. I’ve been meaning to write about it for years, and I keep forgetting. It’s one of the best things–if not the best thing–I’ve ever done. Talk about having a purpose! My very body was keeping this brand-new little human alive and thriving. Continue reading