Blogs, Newsletters, Columns, and Podcasts

I started this Blog in May, 2010. I was newly retired, my children were married, my parents were buried, and I was chaffing under the problems of selling our house in Dallas. I was more than ready to move to Washington State. We had chosen Franke Tobey Jones as our forever home. But the universe didn’t think I knew what I wanted, so there we sat – for an additional three years. I didn’t really start it for public consumption – rather I was looking for an on-line diary, and an outlet for my general angst. It helped keep me sane, and helped keep Al from killing me for always complaining.

A blog is technically a “web log”. That was in the early days of Twitter and Facebook, and there was a plethora of people who began telling their stories and offering their opinions on line. I stumbled onto WordPress, and it seemed to fit what I wanted to do. It has expanded and changed through the years, but it still does exactly what I want.

I thought you, gentle readers, might want some more insight into the blog, newsletter, and columns I make it a priority to read daily (or as often as they are published.)

Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian and professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American history in the 18th and 19th centuries. She has also authored books on the latter half of the 18th century in America.

  • Letters to an American -This is one of the first things I read every morning. She reviews important occurrences from the previous day. She is careful to cut off her information at midnight American Eastern Time, because, as she says, she’s writing as an historian and she wants the record to be straight. – published on Substack (subscribe if you want, or read for free.
  • Politics Chat on Tuesdays and History Chat on Thursdays – These are broadcast on FaceBook, weekly. On January 6, her followers bombarded her with questions, and she broadcast on her FaceBook channel for several hours. Likewise, she changed her Thursday Chat to current events when Russia invaded Ukraine. She centers current events in history and gives context.
  • Now & Then – a podcast conversation on current events with an historical context between Heather and Joanne Freeman, a professor of early American history at Yale University.

Hugh Hollowell – Hugh says “I have been building inclusive communities for more than 15 years now. I also like to write and speak about how we can use community to build a better world for all of us. I serve as the Community Pastor at Open Door Mennonite Church.”

  • Life Is So Beautiful – A weekly newsletter published on Mondays. Hugh finds interesting article and beautiful pictures to brighten your life.
  • Humidity & Hope – A daily blog about how he its trying to build a better world where he is – in Northern Mississippi.
  • A second unnamed newsletter where he gathers all the blog posts he has written, and writes other tidbits about his life.

Bill McKibbon is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming.

  • Free-lance columnist and leader of
  • He publishes a newsletter a couple of times a week about the current state of global warming and things we can do to help.
  • His website is The Crucial Years, published on Sibstacl

MaryAnn McKibben-Dana is a writer, speaker, free-range pastor, and coach.

  • The Blue Room is her newsletter published every Friday.
  • The Blue Room is also a podcast.

Nadia Bolz Webber is an author, Lutheran minster (ELCA) and public theologian. She is also the founder of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.

  • The Corners is her blog where she posts her sermons and other writings – hosted on Substack
  • She host a monthly Q & O – a live on-lie opportunity to ask questions and listen to others’ opinions.

Ty Burr is a film critic, columnist, and author who currently writes a film and popular culture newsletter “Ty Burr’s Watchlist” on Substack. He publishes twice or three times a week with reviews of new releases, streaming videos, and other items of interest to film buffs.

Paul Krugman – winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. He writes a column in the New York Times several times a week. For me, his column and the crossword puzzle are worth the price of a subscription to NYT.

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