Ways of Seeing: An ode to keeping old windows

While sustainability in building and construction has been around for a while now, one aspect that people are starting to take into account is the idea of embodied carbon.

Ways of Seeing: Old-style doctoring has vanished

Last December I turned 40. The milestone birthday was a reminder it was time to make an appointment at my doctor’s office for a physical.

Ways of Seeing: Bolivia trip offered thrilling sights

My family takes a trip together nearly every year. Once the trip is over we immediately look forward to the next one.

Ways of Seeing: Daughter thrives in Mount Abe spotlight

These experiences have given my daughter more than just a taste for performing. She has found a strong group of friends who spend lots of time singing together in her room after school.

Ways of Seeing: English offers constant challenge

Why is it that you can say “a big old white house,” but “an old white big house” is clearly wrong?

Ways of Seeing: Our freedoms must be protected

In terms of making laws and rules for an entire country, who should decide what is bad?

Ways of Seeing: Finding a way to celebrate heritage

This past month (April) was Ramadan this year, and on May 2 Eid al-FItr was celebrated to end the month of fasting.

Ways of Seeing: Many refugees not from Ukraine

People are talking about the crisis in Ukraine in drastically different terms than they would if it was taking place in a poor black country.

Ways of Seeing: Global citizenship has benefits

After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, our family resumed our annual family trip this past January.

Ways of seeing: Polio generation trusted the vaccine

My father recalled a day during elementary school when all the kids from the school were taken down to the Town Hall, and everyone was given a polio vaccine.

Ways of seeing: Student discipline has been in flux

When my daughter started at Bristol Elementary I realized things have changed a lot since I went to school there. 

Ways of seeing: Will inventions stand the test of time?

I sometimes have a lot of time to think while I’m at work. When you spend seven or eight hours scraping paint, your mind is free to wander, and lately my mind has journeyed from the lead in the paint I was scraping to other inventions that, like lead in p … (read more)

Ways of seeing: Croquet offers new diversion

This past year I got a croquet set for Christmas. I know, I know, croquet? The name conjures up images of British aristocrats playing on manicured lawns and upper class gentry at exclusive garden parties. While I am neither of these things, I was excited … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Freedom has many definitions

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redr … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Coming home during a pandemic

I spent the month of January travelling with my family in Asia. We visited Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Just before our return we heard about a new virus in China. Coronavirus was just shutting down the city of Wuhan as we flew back from Cambo … (read more)