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Sometimes, the universe sends us a message. It’s light and optional or it’s dark and imperative. Recently, I’ve been getting light and optional – but repeatedly, and they started to glitch …

Chatterbox: Full and joyful

The holidays are no place for anything but glitter and shine, frolic and fun, love and laughter ... oh, sorry, that’s the Hallmark movie channel. Those people have stagehands, but we’ve mentioned …

Chatterbox: No more delays for democracy

We are now entering the most beautiful time of the year but, regardless of the holiday group hug, recent elections leave Americans cold. We’re facing the continuation of a divided, implacable, …

Chatterbox: What about them?

The futures of Americans, and the world, rely on many things other than politics. Yet, so many of those things start with politics. Nations around the world took longer to get on the …

Chatterbox: Just us

All Chattereaders know I’m a sap for all things about this nation that are, or were once, good and considered to be our great strength. Americans are a single people, nonspecifically and none in …

Chatterbox: A vote in time

Election Day is coming and voting is a great privilege denied to many. It’s imperative that we the people vote as objectively and wisely as we can for unity, strength and justice across the …

Chatterbox: The mullet and the pompadour

A dear cousin recently suggested I rerun this column; I had to oblige. Chatterbox once talked about young people committing their lives to love, marriage and a baby carriage. We talked about why …

Chatterbox: Recognizing ourselves

Parenting has been a topic for various reasons on many occasions here at Chatterbox and one of the reasons is that parenting is one of the single most important influences we have on life around the …

Chatterbox: Our 20th year

It’s official; no matter how we calculate it, our Herald is completely 20 and here at Chatterbox, we’re going to “go there.” I include myself in this family with, believe me, the greatest of humility and the most resounding joy for all who are and have been part of this undertaking as we now mark two successful decades completed.

Chatterbox: Purpose every day

It really is amazing that, even in our post COVID days, while we are returning to a somewhat normal life, we’re still haunted. The residual mind games, wariness, even low level fear stay with us. …

Chatterbox: American fear

What are the ordinary people most afraid of for America? No one can argue with the fact that the entire planet is in a situation that is dangerous. Much of what we are facing on our planet right …

Chatterbox: We’re working here

More years ago than I care to remember, someone was working at my house. The lawn guys showed up and I closed the window, saying something about how noisy the machines were. My friend responded to …

Chatterbox: To do or not to do

In life, we are all called upon to do all kinds of things. From playing in the sandbox to how we behave at the office, to being a world citizen, we perform. How we perform is a whole other ball of …

Chatterbox: Deep travel

COVID did a lot of strange things to the world, to people and the traditions we knew, what we did and how we did it. We’re not all completely in the clear, but the world is blessed in that we are …

Chatterbox: Reroute our energy

Here at Chatterbox, we moan about “corporate” a lot. It’s not just apropos, it’s necessary … until we change things. We are all dealing with the inconveniences of not only America’s …

Chatterbox: Personal evolution

When I go back and consider some of my opinions, even those as recent as five years ago, I scare myself. I hope we all do; it’s a good thing. We all know that as we age, we are supposed to …

Chatterbox: Calling all demons

I saw my first TED Talk last night; I know, where have I been? Well, when I sit down at night, I’m usually at my computer. If I watch television, it’s baseball, news or sheer “oatmeal” as I …

Chatterbox: The depth of it

I had a recent, major revelation and thought, perhaps, we should discuss it: Death. Death is a mystery, a certainty, familiar yet unknown. People have been mystified by it and its curtain call since …

Chatterbox: This way out

We’ve talked often about phases of life and about people’s “stuff.” I state up front that those of us who have been able to work, accomplish our goals, and have stuff are the lucky ones; we …

Chatterbox: What we drink in

Many of us, these days, are feeling a comradeship with the dinosaurs after the meteor hit … like, it’s just a matter of time. Of course, we who do hope we’re wrong. Somehow, I’m sure the …

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