Symbols of Ostracism

All of the talk in the past few months about the so-called Muslim ban and the attempts to ostracize Muslims in the U.S. got me thinking about that word, ostracize. No matter where you come down on the issue, the word ostracize has a fascinating history. In the fifth century B.C., Athenians had a chance… Continue reading Symbols of Ostracism

Expecting a Girl

On our peripatetic trip across country, we got used to making plans on the fly. And we even forced other people to accommodate our whims. And I’m not talking about our faithful pup, Trio, who had to adjust her “whims” to match ours. I’m talking about my niece, who we didn’t bother to tell we… Continue reading Expecting a Girl