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Hawk lore

Hawk lore

These mostly diurnal (daytime activity) raptors are easily seen while the trees are bare of leaves. I have consistently seen a variety of hawks, some easy to identify, others not so easy. Most are content to sit watching diligently down onto the surrounding area with great patience, waiting for that moment to pounce upon an unsuspecting creature for a meal.

Op-ed: The dangers of allowing assisted suicide

Op-ed: The dangers of allowing assisted suicide

These laws also result in less choice for some patients because they create perverse incentives for health insurance companies to deny patients coverage for the care they deserve and offer assisted suicide instead. It has happened in Oregon, the state where assisted suicide has been legal the longest in the U.S., and it has started happening in states that recently passed assisted suicide legislation, like California.

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Optimism rules at Ars Choralis. The chorus’s program last week, which I heard at Overlook Methodist Church on March 30, was entitled “The Poets Speak: Mending a Broken World.” The musical selections were interspersed with inspirational poetry, well read by Gilles Malkine, and included numerous brief works with positive themes.

Where the heart is

Where the heart is

‘Eviction,” derived from the Latin word evictus means being subjugated or conquered by judicial means. It’s a harsh word. Eviction from a home is not a happy event. Eviction is no neutral institution, not a simple misunderstanding in a contract between two parties. Especially in poor neighborhoods, eviction is a process that often binds poor and rich people together in mutual dependence and struggle, writes sociologist and field anthropologist Matthew Desmond in his 2016 book Evicted.