Amid the Cacophony…

I’ve been thinking about what to post today…so much trouble in the world and my spirit is disturbed by much of it.  There is a great noise in my head. Naturally I turned to music to calm me, distract me, inspire me, motivate me…to help me sort through all the competing thoughts.   I decided … Continue reading

So, It’s Been 10 Years

For a long time I resisted blogging about 9/11…and I hesitated a lot about writing this post but something now compels me to do so… It felt almost disrespectful and perhaps it is that the media had turned a solemn day into a day for specials and voyeuristic one-up-manship so I didn’t want to “join … Continue reading

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Tonight I visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  Despite heavy skies and muggy air I was determined to see this Memorial before the crowds descend this weekend.  The rain held and I trudged around downtown DC, skirting the blocked off areas around the White House and passing by many other iconic national monuments on … Continue reading

Get Tested! Thirty Years Since First Confirmed HIV/AIDS Cases

A little Buju while you read… Nope, it’s not the end of the year.  Don’t go running for the calendar: it’s June 3 not Dec 1.  When was the last time you were tested for HIV? Actually, when was your last sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD and STI) test? When was the last time … Continue reading

Guest Post | War

The latest Guest Post to grace these pages comes from @shumpynella who runs the elegant blog, Tidbits.  I echo many of her sentiments the key departure for me being the searches, at the airports in particular.  Her main point, though, I agree with. Those pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden should not be released…neither … Continue reading

Tragedy in Pictures

Yesterday in Libya two acclaimed photographers were killed as they covered the war between those loyal to al-Qaddafi and those who, among other things, want al-Qaddafi to go.  Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros are apparently well-respected photojournalists.  I don’t know their work intimately but I’m sure I’ve seen a picture or two or five from each of them … Continue reading

Remember Rwanda

Remember today and the next day and the day after what began 17 years ago yesterday. On April 6, 1994 the plane carrying President Habyarimana of Rwanda and President Ntaryamira of Burundi was shot down.  What had been planned for some time before was put into action: the rapid, methodical, and brutal killing of Rwandan Tutsis by Rwandan Hutus. … Continue reading