As most of you regular Bulletin readers know, about a year ago I decided to take a break from politics and pursue fiction writing. I started another blog and have written several short stories and now I have self-published my first novelette “Late Season Rains”. If you’re intersted in checking it out, it’s available as an ebook for just $0.99. Just click the cover art below to go to its Amazon page. If you don’t have an eReader, eBooks can be stored and read through Amazon’s Cloud on any device from a tablet to a laptop to a smartphone.
I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, a wonderous Winter Solstice and a Happy Festivas!!
Best wishes to all of you for a great New Year!!
And for the kids, or those who are still a kid at heart, follow Santa’s trip around the globe on NORAD’s Santa Tracker.
For any of you who’ve had politics come between you and your family this article is one I’m sure many of us can relate to. Sit down, read it through, take a deep breath and think about picking up the phone.
This is the first Earth Day I have made an effort to take part in its celebration. My regular readers may find this a bit odd given the topics about which I opine. As an educated environmental scientist not taking part in the annual April 22ndobservance in some capacity may well be seen as dipping a toe into the pool of heresy. Perhaps it is. But then again I tend to be Earth Day-ish everyday.
The layoff notice was not a complete surprise. At the shipping center in Denver where Jeanine Maez filled mail orders, the trend had been toward paperless transactions.
But how Mrs. Maez reacted to being unemployed in 2004 was a revelation, even to herself: she decided not to look for a new job in favor of staying home full time with her five children, the youngest of whom, a son, is 11.
“The years of ‘winging it’ with my husband in terms of taking care of the kids had been too hard, and I was tired,” she said. “And my youngest son, who is autistic, needed his mama.”
To make ends meet, Mrs. Maez, 44, sold her car, paid off her credit card debt and disciplined herself to spend more modestly on clothes and household goods. Her husband, a private investigator, took a second job selling insurance. “Whatever it takes to make a buck,” she said. “My sweet honey struggles a lot to make it work for us.”
In the early morning hours of this, the first day of April, a rare visitor to Monterey Bay invited himself into one of the open sea exhibits of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Affectionately, dubbed “Artie”, by the volunteer staff who arrived early this morning to opened the aquarium, was truly a sight to behold.
We haven’t been treated to such a magnificent sight as this in the entire 20 years I’ve been on staff here. said long time volunteer Harold Mackleroy.
It is anticipated Artie will remain here throughout the day before he moves on to parts unknown. So everyone who can, is encouraged to join the Aquarium and the entire Monterey Bay community in welcoming this elegant visitor to the area and share with them this once in a lifetime event.
Environmentalists have repeatedly pressed regulators to compel oil and gas companies to report what chemicals they use in the drilling and fracking process. Drilling companies add these chemicals to perform particular functions (for example, to prevent corrosion or give the fluid the right consistency), or leave them in because they’re too expensive to remove. According to a 2011 congressional report, many of the chemicals used can pose a serious health risk. No one knows the exact makeup of the frack mixture, drilling muds and other stuff used at well sites (which change from well to well), but this list breaks down the main ingredients revealed so far. Click on the chemical name for more detailed information.
ATLANTA — A survey shows 1 in 5 Americans say their families are having trouble paying their medical bills. Worse, half of those who are struggling say they are unable to pay a single dime toward those debts.
The survey of 52,000 people was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from January through June of last year. It’s the first time the government agency has looked at the issue in such a comprehensive way.
Peter Cunningham, who studies the issue for an independent health policy research group, says it may be the largest such study ever done on the matter.