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 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

Comfortably numb? | Moment's Notice

Desensitization: noun. The process of reducing or eliminating sensitivity; the act or process of desensitizing, of dulling or reducing sensation. I have always said I want to... — Updated 2/2/2023

 

Starting off the new year … with a cough | Moment's Notice

Before the holidays, we read and heard the reports about a tripledemic, about the virulent flu strains, and about RSV more intense than in past years, not to mention the common cold... — Updated 1/19/2023

 

Snowy holidays: Delightful, thoughtful | Moment's Notice

Oh, the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we've no place to go Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow Like the song says, if the weather has to be... — Updated 12/24/2022 Full story

 

We know too much to go back and pretend | Moment's Notice

“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend.” – Helen Reddy My mom loves to tell a story from my childhood of one... — Updated 12/8/2022

 

Thanks for … everything | Moment's Notice

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” —Willie Nelson Thanks (n) 1: kindly or grateful thoughts: GRATITUDE 2: an expression of gratitude / — ofte... — Updated 11/22/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Taking chances | Moment's notice

“Just because I got the Lifetime Achievement Award doesn’t mean I’m done.” – Dolly Parton I avoid fortune tellers, psychics, tarot card readers. It is not because I do or do not believe in their abilities — I do not... — Updated 11/10/2022

 

What's in a date? | Moment's Notice

Anniversary, celebration, remembrance, birthday, National Day of … Oct. 24 was National Chicken Fried Steak Day, National Day of the Deployed, National Mincemeat, Mule Day, and... — Updated 10/27/2022

 

Chasing firetrucks | Moment's Notice

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and... — Updated 10/13/2022

 

Who gets the luck? | Moment's Notice

"Luck is preparation meeting opportunity." – Oprah Winfrey This past week, I had the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C., with scholars and alumni from my scholarship organizat... — Updated 10/6/2022

 

Goodbye, snollygoster. Hello, aporophobia? | Moment's Notice

During a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madrid a few years ago, I visited the mecca of the Spanish language: the Real Academia Española, the defender of proper Spanish. I grew up... — Updated 9/14/2022

 

15: Complex, triangular, pernicious, and much more | Moment's Notice

Fifteen, 15. It’s a complex number. It’s a composite number (formed through multiplication), a deficient number (like all prime numbers, but it’s not prime), a pernicious number (oh, forget it), and a bell number (won’t... — Updated 8/31/2022

 

Demogorgons? Suspending your disbelief | Moment's Notice

disbelief (n): Refusal or reluctance to believe. 2. Positive unbelief; the conviction that a proposition or statement for which credence is demanded is not true. 3. A negation or... — Updated 8/18/2022

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream | Moment's Notice

Money does not buy happiness, but it does buy ice cream. With the recent heat wave, we made the decision to have ice cream for lunch on Sunday. It felt more like logical thinking th... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

Keep on rockin' in a free world? | Moment's Notice

Neil Young wrote the song “Rockin’ In a Free World” in 1989 after a bandmate nonchalantly uttered the line (or “We’ll have to keep on rockin’ in the free world,” to... — Updated 7/21/2022

 

Are your rights enumerated? | Moment's Notice

"This 240-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn't end well." – Queen Elizabeth II, 2016 The 4th of July is... — Updated 7/7/2022

 

On Father's Day: Something that shall endure | Moment's Notice

“On the beach at night, stands a child with her father, watching the east, the autumn sky.” – Walt Whitman Father’s Day is one of those holidays that my dad would scoff at... — Updated 6/15/2022

 

Finding the right words | Moment's Notice

I was lucky to grow up with two parents who challenged my use of language and encouraged me to analyze what others said. When I was just 11, my parents gave me a thesaurus (yes, I... — Updated 5/18/2022

 

When home is not a home | Moment's Notice

“Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in.” – Dr. Asa Don Brown Like many of us, travel is a magical escape, an opportunity to see the... — Updated 5/5/2022

 

Where we find hope | Moment's Notice

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." – Bishop D. Tutu Hope (n) 1a: desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment also : e... — Updated 4/21/2022

 

Embracing the existential angst | Moment's Notice

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” - Simone De Beauvoir A friend recently... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

Second chances, for all of us | Moment's Notice

This past week, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, brought a team of staff and volunteers to Hickman Park in Edmonds to release a rehabilitated bald eagle back into... — Updated 3/24/2022

 

Masks off: What happens next? | Moment's Notice

“When people build up walls, they keep other people out but end up keeping themselves in.” – Karamo Brown Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced that the majority of restrictions... — Updated 2/24/2022

 

The accidental hero | Moment's Notice

Hero (n), plural heroes 1: A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities 2: A person who is greatly admired 3: The chief character in a story, play, movie, etc.... — Updated 2/10/2022

 

Giraffes, and a kaleidoscope of reflections | Moment's Notice

My mother-in-law, or M’la, as I call her, is a fan of giraffes. Giraffes are not the subject of an unhealthy obsession or anything – she has no sweaters with giraffes on them,... — Updated 1/27/2022

 

How deep (and wide) is your love? | Moment's Notice

2022 is here! Wait, what happened to 2021? 2021 was supposed to be a year of restoration, a year that had us returning to the normal we all thought was, well, normal. Less... — Updated 1/13/2022

 

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