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Our Country is at Stake!

A recent Gallup poll found that 42 percent of American voters identify themselves as Independent; 33 percent identify as Democrat, and 24 percent identify as Republican.  Ninety-one percent of Republicans, along with 11 percent of Independents and 7 percent of Democrats report being inveterate Trump supporters. Nothing the man says or does, no matter how questionable, negatively influences ...

The Art of Protecting Water

We take water for granted.

Elizabeth Phelps Meyer does not.

“Water is the first medicine,” she says. “We use it to heal, to cleanse, to live. We are disconnected from all this in our culture, but Native Americans are not.”

When the visual arts educator and interdisciplinary artist became aware in 2016 of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline by the ...

Stephen Sondheim, Meet Stephen Schaefer

To a music lover scanning the list of American standards to be heard later this month at “Symphony at the Seashore” in Cape Cod, most of the composers are instantly recognizable.

Who doesn’t know George Gershwin, or marching band maestro John Philip Sousa, or country music’s Lee Greenwood, or national anthem author Francis Scott Key?

Among the marquee names, however, ...

Quoth the Raven, ‘Caw’

One of the things I do actually love about the suburbs is the quiet. Of course, the quiet mostly happens in short spurts between clamorous bouts of home construction, lawn mowers, garbage trucks, cicadas, and dogs barking. But when I do get it, it’s glorious.

So, naturally, as I was having one of those brief, late afternoon quiet moments on my deck, a bird suddenly landed on my deck ...

The Esophagus Among Us

“You have an incompetent esophagus,” said my gastroenterologist.

“What?” I replied. “I’ve never had an incompetent anything in my life.”

I was appalled that someone would pass judgement on me like that. OK, maybe not on ME, but a part of me. And a part of me that I really had no control over, to boot. In general, I’m an overachiever. I hand ...