Opinion

No, don’t teach systemic racism . . . just provide the facts


Systemic racism:  should America’s public schools be including this as part of their standard curricula? Just before leaving office last November 2020, Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting federal institutions from developing any curriculum dealing with systemic racism, white privilege and other race and gender bias issues.  Then, on January 20, Joe Biden, rescinded that order. Supporting Biden’s decision […]

The lasting impact of social estrangement on our little ones


Disasters have a way of illuminating our capacity for caring for each other, showing compassion in ways normalcy forgets. When it’s close to home, we lean in, reminded of our essential interdependence as social beings. We have been quite beautifully designed to be with each other for each other; belong, bond, bolster, bind. In fact, family — for all their […]

Foreboding messages about drought


Here we go again. Dire warnings from the Governor regarding an impending drought and a foreboding message of potential curbs on water usage. As I have said before, droughts in California are nothing new as they occur roughly every 5 to 7 years with a duration of approximately the same term.  For longtime Escondido residents, we remember the restrictions imposed […]

Happy Campers


“I am sorry to tell you this, but you have cancer.” That is a message no one wants to hear. There are lots of things we don’t want to hear. People have a multitude of ways to accept, deny or avoid, unpleasantries. Psychologists call it “compartmentalization.” The ability to take information and store it in a little lockbox in the […]

California loses it


The twin facts of the month: that the recall against Governor Brylcreem has qualified to go to a vote, and that California—for the first time in the state’s history—will lose a congressional seat cannot, in my mind, be unrelated.  California has lost a seat in the House of Representatives, based on new numbers from the 2020 Census. So did Illinois […]


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