Striving to Understand

What happened at the Pulse Club in Orlando on June 12 was a tragedy. 49 people were killed, and 53 more were injured. There are not words to express the horror of this event. But words seem to be called for, and words are definitely being used. As soon as this news was released, conversations started on social media, in homes, in coffee shops. There is hurt. There is pain. There is anger. There is misunderstanding.

I often feel helpless in the face of tragedy. I worry about what my response should be. Do I have a duty to respond publicly? Do I even have a right?

The Comfort of Rereading

There are two types of readers in this world: those that reread and those that do not. I am an unashamed rereader.

Everyone has a coping mechanism for dealing with stress. It can be spending time with family, binge watching shows on Netflix, exercising, taking a road trip, shopping, or eating comfort food. My coping mechanism is reading comfort books. 

Sharing Heritage through Food

As the holidays swiftly approach, my mind has been turning toward one of the central aspects of any celebration...the food! This year we have several family members joining us for Thanksgiving, so we all sat down to draft this year's menu. This is an annual event in my family. It doesn't matter that 99% of the time the menu is exactly the same as it was the year before, it still needs to be discussed. Will we have the holiday fruit salad with pineapple, or the holiday jello mold with pineapple?  Will we do peas or green beans? Can we get away with only doing the Mrs.

Java Jive

It used to be that the arrival of autumn was marked by the changing colors of leaves. In recent years, however, it seems to be marked by the addition of pumpkin spice lattes back onto coffee shop menus. Americans love coffee. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 54% of us drink coffee everyday at a cost of approximately 40 billion dollars a year. There are 75 coffee shops in Kitsap County alone! What is it about coffee that speaks to us? How has it won over the hearts and palates of our nation?

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