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When I visited Norway, my “mother country,” as far as ancestry goes, I had many memorable experiences — and a wake-up call. The city streets in Oslo and Bergen are extraordinary because of what they don’t have: homeless people, litter and, obviously, armed cops. 

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"Aging is not for sissies” is an overused cliché; however, consider that clichés exist because there is a common-sense truth to them. In the United States, there’s much that requires bravery as we all deal with growing older. Who thought aging itself would be a courageous act? And I just not…

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Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin believes the city’s homeless ought to be moved to the Westside beaches, a proposal that has aroused opposition from beachgoers, coastal residents and the homeless themselves.  

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"I can’t believe I’m still marching about this!” is one of my favorite signs seen at the marches I’ve attended over the last few years. “This” applies to various issues, like access to health care, ending sexism and racism, and reproductive rights. 

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Leo Tolstoy said, “Spring is the time for plans and projects.” This year, American women all over the country are making plans to remove hair that has enjoyed a hirsute hiatus during lockdown. Many of us are also starting new projects, including me. I love crafting bold new endeavors, but I …

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News flash: The Easter Bunny is a girl… and is not a bunny! Now that I have your attention, many of us who were raised as Christians forget the biblical Last Supper was actually a Seder. Anti-Semites conveniently suppress that Jesus, Mary and Joseph were Jewish. Easter and Passover are alway…

Dad died in 1998. I’ll never forget the man who came up to me at the funeral and said, “I am a janitor at Prairie States Life. I’m here because your dad always had a kind word for me and knew my name. Yes, he was the president and a big shot, but I never felt like a poor man around him.” Com…

“Mommy! I got to kick a man!” The excited little Girl Scout had just finished the first portion of an Impact Personal Safety kids class, specifically the physical self-defense drills. I have never forgotten what she told her mom that day! We teach and practice effective emotional, verbal and…

Welcome to March, Women’s History Month. If you weren’t aware of that, don’t be surprised, as female historical achievements are nearly invisible to large population segments. Betsy Ross? Everyone knows her. Amelia Earhart? Sure. Harriet Tubman? You bet. Alice Paul? Not so much. Paul is the …

White vans. I’m seeing them everywhere since we watched the astoundingly good “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand and directed by Chloe Zhao. Such is the magic of becoming aware of something previously unknown. Now, every time I see a white van, I’ll wonder if that is someone’s home.

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