5 Ways To Keep Politics From Ruining Your Relationships

Historically, we were taught that politics, while crucial for our democracy, shouldn’t be enough to divide us. But party affiliations are infamously divisive, and the 2016 presidential election was not a “normal” election. The election in 2020 may also be quite devisive.   A poll conducted by Monmouth University lays the situation out pretty ...Read More

Is Your Wonton Soup Endangered?

Picture a world without wonton soup, fried rice, and General Tso’s chicken. Imagine no chocolate ice cream and fortune cookies for dessert. Impossible? Think again. According to the Orange Man in the White House, Climate Change is a Chinese Hoax. Fake news. The truth is that the endangered species list is no longer reserved for tigers, pandas, and ...Read More

Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Has Begun

The construction of the Dakota Access pipeline has just begun. The pipeline in it’s entirety should be operational within the next three months.  The developer of the long-delayed project said, even with an American Indian tribe filing a legal challenge to block the work. The Army officially granted Energy Transfer Partners formal permission ...Read More

Feeling Disappointed

I used to feel if I was stranded on an island for two weeks and did not have access to a telephone, television or computer that I would go stir crazy and have an anxiety attack.   Thinking about it clearly, I am realizing that maybe all these devices are actually causing me stress. Let me explain: ​While I am not a huge television watcher I do enjo...Read More

The Political Works Of Dr. Seuss

While Theodore Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss is celebrated for writing rhyming iconic children’s books, the author and illustrator could deliver political cartoons, too. Between 1941 and 1943, a decade before he published The Cat in the Hat, Seuss drew over 400 comics for the left-wing political magazine PM. Seuss, of Jewish German descent and raised in Spr...Read More

Paper Clips and Safety Pins

I am a student of history. I am also a true believer in the words of early twentieth century philosopher, George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” You can imagine that I’ve been studying history hard, for the past few weeks. Among the trivia I’ve found is a little-known act of resistance by the Norweg...Read More

It Sucks To Be Cleveland – by Gary Chalk

I’ve got good news; and bad news. The good news: Cleveland won the NBA championship last month. The bad news: Cleveland hosts the republican national convention starting tonight. Some Cleveland residents are protesting, saying, “What did we screw up to earn this?” With the national media converging on Cleveland, locals are putting...Read More

Enter Helen: the Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman

Book by Brook Hauser.  Review and commenting by Lois Rubin Gross. It started with Seventeen, the teenage girl’s bible. Each month, I would wait anxiously for the thick, glossy magazine to arrive on the magazine rack at the corner candy store. Every month I would scout the corner candy store until the thick, glossy magazine arrived on the stand. I e...Read More

Social Security – Where They Stand: The Republicans Weigh In

Social Security was a hot topic during Wednesday night’s 3rd GOP presidential candidate debate (Oct 27, 2015). Almost everyone voiced an opinion, but they boiled down to more noise than substance.  Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida both argued strongly against any cuts to current benefits. Rubio said:...Read More

Social Security – Where They Stand: The Democrats Weigh In

The future of Social Security is likely to be a hot topic in the 2016 presidential election, but it only popped up briefly in the 1st debate among Democratic candidates. During Tuesday night’s debate (Oct. 13, 2015), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “My view is, when you have millions of seniors in this country trying to get by —...Read More

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