Our climate crisis is now – by Deborah Levine

originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press  Looking to the Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was overheard referring to the global all-talk and no-action as “irritating”. I grew up with British understatements so I knew that meant total disgust mixed with a few expletives. The Queen was irritated by folks … Continue reading Our climate crisis is now – by Deborah Levine

Second thoughts on banning books – by Deborah Levine

 (originally published as an opinion column for The  Chattanooga Times Free Press)  The banning of books has been around for centuries and America is no exception. We have banned books like To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. We banned 273 books in 2020 with more to come. But don’t the … Continue reading Second thoughts on banning books – by Deborah Levine

Facebook’s nasty smell – by Deborah Levine

originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press  Some folks cried Death to Facebook while others turned to Twitter during the FB Blackout. Entertaining tweets welcomed newcomers and entertained us longtime Twitter-ists. “Is that (outage) before or after injecting bleach into the CPUs and shining a UV light in all the network ports?”  Others referred … Continue reading Facebook’s nasty smell – by Deborah Levine

Yummy or Yucky: from Halloween to Thanksgiving – by Deborah Levine

Every year, we struggle to resist the temptation minute to minute to sugar ourselves.  It begins with Halloween candy and proceeds to Thanksgiving dinner, exploding with holiday eating extravaganzas with the year’s tastiest foods. By the New Year, the scale shows our over-indulgence. It’s no coincidence that 12% of gym members join in January. Given … Continue reading Yummy or Yucky: from Halloween to Thanksgiving – by Deborah Levine

Armageddon gets personal – by Deborah Levine

 Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press These days, everyone I talk to sounds anxious, scared and miserable. My first reaction is sympathy and empathy, the way my mother taught me. My second reaction is relief, since misery loves company.  And when I feeling a bit guilty for that, I say to myself, “How … Continue reading Armageddon gets personal – by Deborah Levine

Schools, Masks and Politics  – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press Our kids are in the COVID crosshairs. In July, 38,654 pediatric Covid cases were reported. Just a week later, that number increased 85 %. When today’s youth look back on this Covid era, I wonder what they’ll say. They might say that the delta variant might have … Continue reading Schools, Masks and Politics  – by Deborah Levine

Offshore billionaires launch into space – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press  If you’re the richest person on Earth, your next step might be to launch yourself into space. That’s what Jeff Bezos has done. I guess this planet is just too boring to invest in. Maybe that’s why his company, Amazon, paid an effective federal income tax rate … Continue reading Offshore billionaires launch into space – by Deborah Levine

Words shape us for better or worse – by Deborah Levine

 (Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press)  Attempts to bring our diverse society together is nothing new. Controversies and road blocks surrounding the attempts aren’t new either. It may seem that way to some folks with furious debate over “structural racism”, but it’s the terminology that’s new, not the reality. Our language has struggled … Continue reading Words shape us for better or worse – by Deborah Levine

Denial doesn’t make it rain – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press  There hasn’t been much noise from the climate change deniers this week despite data showing that there are 109 congressional representatives and 30 senators, who refuse to acknowledge the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change. That’s 25% of our federal elected officials including Tennessee’s Republican Senator Marsha … Continue reading Denial doesn’t make it rain – by Deborah Levine

Our Mental State is Depressing – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press It was a newsworthy moment when tennis star Naomi Osaka announced that she wouldn’t participate in media interviews because of her battle with depression and anxiety. The fact that the World Tennis Association fined her $15,000 got even more press. But her withdrawal from the French Open … Continue reading Our Mental State is Depressing – by Deborah Levine