We may live without poetry, music and art;
Two months ago, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a reasonable, on-time budget that funded programs for those in need and for our schools.
Keep jobs in the U.S.
To my everlasting shame, I cried on my first day of kindergarten.
Harry Potter’s professor, Severus Snape, conjured up complex concoctions using a full array of herbs. But you may not want to find these on your plate next to your peas. No need to take Potent Potions 101 at Hogwarts because it’s not magic to use herbs such as parsley, sage, rosemary, chives, basil and thyme to make delicious dishes in your kitchen. In summer, these fresh herbs can grow right in our gardens.
Get rid of speed cushions
Did you hear? Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia next month. Only if you have been locked up in a closet or cave could you be missing the media frenzy that is accompanying the pope on his trip to the City of Brotherly Love. He reportedly sometimes rides public transit in Rome. But God forbid that he should attempt to ride SEPTA with us common people. Can you imagine? The pope might not be able to get back into the city past the cordoned-off area. (And he’d never get back in time.)
A man to be remembered
In case you missed my column in the spring on garden radishes, I’ve been trying to grow vegetables in a community garden that I call my farmette. Planting and then consistently watering and weeding turned out to be lots of work. Alas, a big harvest was not to be. Too many critters seem to enjoy much of the fruits of labor. I have refused to get into a pickle. I did, however, collect some cucumbers.
As Americans, we have fought against and made great progress in the war against the many forms of discrimination. Inequality against Americans of color, Americans of certain religious convictions, Americans with certain sexual identities, and discrimination against Americans of certain ethnic backgrounds are all forms of prejudice against which we have fought and made headway. We have not been so successful when it comes to discrimination against Americans with disabilities.