Blog: Rift on Things

Current Events, Links

Where Comes the National Anthem?

Brent Staples writes a perspective in the New York Times that offers information the average American probably doesn't know about our national anthem. Maybe you knew already about "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and its history and reason for existence. I've never heard of it. Most of us know at least a little about "The… Continue reading Where Comes the National Anthem?

Links, Uncategorized

Matter, Mass, Reality. Hope You Like Onions

Here's a link for you: I can't say that I actually understood it all, but it was fun to read. Matter matters, of course, but energy is the heart of the matter. So to speak. Read the comments, too. There are some good observations by people smarter than me.  

Current Events, Holistic Life, Links

American Women Die in Childbirth

As a natural childbirth teacher and doula, I know all this already. But this article in Quartz is a credible and accurate summation of the seriousness of America's problem. This post is not intended as a scare tactic for women. I simply want to point out that it's a serious issue that has not been… Continue reading American Women Die in Childbirth

Holistic Life

Update on Relaxis

I have a few more days (or nights) of data, some good, some bad. In general, I think the pad is working, but I'm still a long way from having it perfected. One of the exceptional things the Relaxis company does is that a representative stays in touch for the trial period. Carl has called… Continue reading Update on Relaxis

Holistic Life, Uncategorized

Cautious Hope

Wow, am I excited. It's here! See? And what, you ask, is that? And are you excited or cautiously hopeful? Make up your mind. You sound a bit put out. Hush now, I'll explain. This... thing... is a Relaxis Pad. FedEx delivered it today, after a day or two of delivery snafus or delays. I was… Continue reading Cautious Hope

Current Events, Holistic Life, Uncategorized

National Service?

This article in the NYT was interesting. Mind you, I have nothing but derision for Kelly's attitude toward the American people he's supposed to be serving, but he's got the right idea with a national service. I agree. I think we should have a national service in which all Americans, except for the most seriously… Continue reading National Service?

Current Events, Holistic Life

ACOG Makes New Recommendations

Holy cow. Is it April 1st? No really, tell me if it is, because this is almost TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth. Just to have the new recommendations safely in more than one place, here they are, straight from the document: For a woman who is at term… Continue reading ACOG Makes New Recommendations

Holistic Life, Writing

Keeping Busy and Out of Trouble

I just finished a busy and interesting year as president of my writers club - the Mt. Diablo branch of the California Writers Club. I've been with this group for 7 or 8 years, and for the first few, I kept my head down. Not volunteering, not me, nope. I know what happens when you… Continue reading Keeping Busy and Out of Trouble

Current Events

Why are Progressive Feminist Groups Banning People?

I found this incident at a lesbian march in Chicago to be very disturbing. If you can't read the article because you don't subscribe to the NYT, the gist is that organizers of a lesbian march kicked out a couple of women who carried flags with a Star of David. Evidently, the purpose of the… Continue reading Why are Progressive Feminist Groups Banning People?