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 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

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 9/29/2022

 

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

 

Strong winds and big waves | Moment's Notice

Strong winds and big waves “Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.” – Maya Angelou This past Sunday morning, our 11-year-old dog, Lulu, took... — Updated 12/28/2021

 

You'll go down in history (like George Washington)? | Moment's Notice

The other night, at a small but very lively holiday party that began with stories of pandemic life and gratitude for some of the simplest of things, most of the guests became... — Updated 12/16/2021

 

Holiday interlude masks state, world challenges | Moment's Notice

Interlude (n) 1. An intervening or interruptive period, space, or event: interval 2. A musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama, or service... — Updated 12/5/2021

 

The meaning of the X | Moment's Notice

X – such a dramatic letter, mysterious, unique. Fewer than 2% of words in the English language use the x, and in Spanish, only words taken from indigenous languages or from Englis... — Updated 10/22/2021

 

Rubber ducky at the beach; what's it all mean? | Moment's Notice

Walking along the beach the other day, a bit of bright yellow entered my field of vision. It caught my attention because on a Pacific Northwest beach in the fall, the colors tend... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

Looking up at the sky: A resolution of happiness | Moment's Notice

“Enjoy every second.” – My mom We control very little in this life. We don’t want to believe that, but it is true. Therapists will say that we can mainly control our... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

Fruits of labor exist because of labor | Moment's Notice

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.” – Abraham Lincoln We just... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

The soundtrack of my life | Moment's Notice

“After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexplicable is music.” – Aldous Huxley Music is a celebration in times of joy. Music is a refuge in times of pain.... — Updated 8/26/2021

 

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