A 20/20 view of 9/11

A 20/20 view of 9/11

I don’t believe this country will ever forget the events of 9/11, the images of falling buildings and crashing airplanes, and the awful reality of watching nearly 3,000 human beings die in real time. The question, especially during this particularly challenging year, is whether we will remember its lessons. If you put a slash between [...]

Sediment and rings

Sediment and rings

I wonder how our rivers will record this volatile year. What stories will they tell in the sediment they leave behind? Does the 2020 moon wax in sympathy, or wane in dismay? Will the stressed roots of this year's trees grow deeper, will their acorns offer hope? Do the tides of 2020 hurry out and [...]

Jaden’s smile

Jaden’s smile

If you want to measure the impact of one radiant smile, consider the story of Jaden Ann Scrivener. A 16-year old so brightly lit from within that she lifted the mood of entire classrooms just by walking into them, Jaden died in a car accident on the last day of June this year. Three days [...]

Hindsight is 20/20

Hindsight is 20/20

Hindsight is 20/20, especially this year. With seven months under our belts, though, I think it's worth a peek back so we can start to move forward. For instance, I believe the year might have unfolded in a far less challenging way if we could have begun with one global statement of introspection and another [...]