March for Our Lives: The house of tomorrow reveals itself

(Photo by Suzette Standring:  Granddaughters Lulu and Bella with husband David) Over 100,000 people walked and rallied against gun violence in Boston’s March for Our Lives on March 24. Three generations of my family were there. The gold dome of the Massachusetts State House gleamed in a wintry sky, high above leafless treetops and bundled-up crowds waving signs on Boston…

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March for Our Lives: Reasonable Gun Control Measures

On March 24 in Washington D.C. and across the nation, Generation Z will lead “March for Our Lives.” I, too, will march in Boston for common sense gun protection, such as a ban on assault weapons and effective background checks. School killings are increasing and young people have had enough. Cameron Kasky, a high school junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas…

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Valentines Day: from martyrdom and booze

Valentines Day is romance in a heart-shaped candy box.  Our annual day of love is a huge leap from its historical origins: drunken Roman fertility rites and Christian martyrdom. How did lace-edged Valentine cards evolve from orgies and a beheading or two?  One might ask how did St. Patrick come to be synonymous with green beer? Lines get blurred, history…

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Sexual Assault: Shine the Light

Sexual assault awareness and the #metoo movement release millions from the clutches of fear.  Speaking out heals the shame not of the sufferer’s making, yet endured in silence for far too long.  Now survivors are heard and supported, two vital elements to healing. Who would have dreamed there were so many? In October 2017 #metoo on social media asked for…

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Ban elephant circus acts: training always employs torture

Growing up, I delighted in circus elephants.  Giant, gentle animals that stood on all fours atop a ball.  A dancer riding the ring on an elephant’s head was both thrilling and fairy-like.  That was long before I learned about the torture used to train elephants: chaining, using sharp hooks on their sensitive parts, isolation, starvation, and confined within transportation trucks…

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