Writing

Coming end 2024

Community development is a funny thing, because the basic definition is so general – basically, “people helping people to make things better.” The range of possible actions is extremely broad. This…

I’ll bet that’s a sentiment not often expressed these days. Not due to any fault of the librarians, but for the tectonic-like shift in their reference functions. Nevertheless, I still…

Many fire departments and insurance companies practice something that helps prevent injury, saves lives, and prevents financial loss. Anyone can do what they do, but local community governments absolutely should….

The Surfside Florida building collapse has offered up for view several areas of responsibility: the condo board, a consulting engineer’s report, various city officials, plus someone identified as a chief…

It’s been about two months since I proposed that my local community government create a risk management group. I know some new ideas can take time to be digested, and…

I knew better but I did it anyway. Climate change – global warming – whatever – there are a lot of organizations (NGOs) working on this issue. Some, like 350.org,…

Artificial Intelligence: We can sense its power and know it will be widely used, even if we’re not clear what exactly it is, or what it can do. The core…

I recently asked a couple I know who, like me, are retired: “Do you guys talk about aging?” This subject had been on my mind, and not for no reason….

A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a public library. Punchline: They approach the reference librarian and ask for the same thing. What are the odds? What are…