Drug abuse rates have always been a concern for Americans. More specifically, they have been concerned with teen drug use rates. Our culture and social norms have changed from generation to generation and what causes these changes is still mostly up for debate. Since 2008, drug use in teens has gone up and down. But in general, teens have been using less hard drugs, even though marijuana use has gone up.… [Read more]
Rock climbing is catching on here in Singapore. In the last few years there have been rock climbing schools sprouting up all over the island. Many high schools and tertiary schools have rock walls installed on the premises and it is even an extra curriculum activity for the students. It is great that this activity is now also available for younger kids 4 years and up so my boys are able to get a chance to try it out.… [Read more]
I spent most of last week in Alabama, my home state. And I think, somewhere along the way, I began a love affair with it.
As y’all know, I’m hard on the South, particularly because I grew up in Alabama and, because, in a way, I guess I grew out of Alabama. As I write this now, I understand that in the process, I lost some appreciation for what Alabama has meant to me.… [Read more]
In Israel we have a saying, “ha eretz sheh okalet yoshvah:” the land that eats its people. Indeed, the cost of living in Israel is exorbitant. Rental prices are comparable to those in New York. Gasoline is almost $8.00/gallon. The cost of heating one’s home in the winter can be as high as $400/month and the cost of electricity steadily rises, this year by 6.6 percent.… [Read more]
In researching my family history recently I discovered a few amazing facts. My maternal grandmother, Bridie Barry Sullivan, grew up on a remote isle off the cost of southern County Kerry, Ireland. Every day she and her family would catch fresh fish and would take a small boat into the shores of Chirseveen, Ireland for school times.… [Read more]