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 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

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

 

Rage: It's all the rage | Moment's Notice

“Rage,” from the Latin meaning “frenzy” or “madness,” is a noun referring to explosive anger or furious intensity, and a verb meaning “to act or prevail... — Updated 8/12/2021

 

And I could really care less | Moment's Notice

“I could care less” is one of those commonplace and misquoted phrases. Many other colloquialisms may be more egregious, such as the painful overuse of “literally” to... — Updated 7/29/2021

 

A great place to live: Perception as reality | Moment's Notice

We live in a pretty remarkable place. Having grown up and lived in many other states and countries, I cannot imagine living anywhere else in America. Washington is beautiful ... — Updated 7/15/2021

 

That avocado is worth how much? | Moment's Notice

We have all heard of blood diamonds, but how about green gold? Gangs and organized crime groups are stealing this green gold across South Africa and Mexico, and from New Zealand to... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

Sign of the times: Van life | Moment's Notice

A few months ago, I met up with a former student who had been spending most of the pandemic driving across the States, seeing the country, and making money driving for Instacart sin... — Updated 6/25/2021

 

I love, therefore I am | Moment's Notice

One of my all-time favorite jokes is about Rene Descartes and his famous words, “I think, therefore I am.” Descartes arrives at a party and is welcomed by the host, who is very... — Updated 6/9/2021

 

Simply the best, or best-possible self | Moment's Notice

You're simply the bestBetter than all the restBetter than anyoneAnyone I ever met Tina Turner has been having a bit of a best-ever year. In addition to one of her songs featuring... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

The life of a home | Moment's Notice

Home is where the heart is.There’s no place like home.Home, Sweet Home. For all our lives, we organize everything around home, whatever form it takes. We leave home to go to the p... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

Earth Day, and Chomsky's big brain

A friend recently noticed my Gnome Chomsky in the backyard – a fabulous little garden creature in the likeness of Noam Chomsky, standing above the spring flowers. It reminded me... — Updated 4/22/2021

 

Renewal, COVID-style | Moment's Notice

Resurrection (n) 1 a: the rising of Christ from the dead b: the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment c: the state of one risen from the dead 2.... — Updated 4/8/2021

 

Giving a kind word, more often | Moment's Notice

“Kind words are worth much but cost little.” – George Herbert Studies show that nearly 90% of consumers seek out and are influenced by online reviews of businesses. As the... — Updated 3/28/2021

 

The politics of dancing | Moment's Notice

“At the root of the varied manifestations of dancing lies the common impulse to resort to movement to externalize states which we cannot externalize by rational means. This is... — Updated 3/11/2021

 

The books that rewrite our stories | Moment's Notice

"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive." – James Ba... — Updated 2/28/2021

 

The bystander effect, and making a stop | Moment's Notice

Bystander: One who is present but not taking part in a situation or event: a chance spectator. I was thinking the other day about a call I received from my mom a little over a year... — Updated 2/12/2021

 

A refreshing lack of complexity | Moment's Notice

The Inca lived by three simple rules: “Do not lie. Do not steal. Do not be lazy.” This lovely and simple approach to life was the code of conduct that guided most aspects of... — Updated 1/28/2021

 

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