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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion 

The meaning of the X | Moment's Notice

X – such a dramatic letter, mysterious, unique. Fewer than 2% of words in the English language use the x, and in Spanish, only words taken from indigenous languages or from Englis... — Updated 10/22/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Rubber ducky at the beach; what's it all mean? | Moment's Notice

Walking along the beach the other day, a bit of bright yellow entered my field of vision. It caught my attention because on a Pacific Northwest beach in the fall, the colors tend... — Updated 10/8/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Fruits of labor exist because of labor | Moment's Notice

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.” – Abraham Lincoln We just... — Updated 9/10/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The soundtrack of my life | Moment's Notice

"After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexplicable is music." – Aldous Huxley Music is a celebration in times of joy. Music is a refuge in times of pain. To... — Updated 8/27/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Rage: It's all the rage | Moment's Notice

“Rage,” from the Latin meaning “frenzy” or “madness,” is a noun referring to explosive anger or furious intensity, and a verb meaning “to act or prevail... — Updated 8/13/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

And I could really care less | Moment's Notice

“I could care less” is one of those commonplace and misquoted phrases. Many other colloquialisms may be more egregious, such as the painful overuse of “literally” to... — Updated 7/30/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A great place to live: Perception as reality | Moment's Notice

We live in a pretty remarkable place. Having grown up and lived in many other states and countries, I cannot imagine living anywhere else in America. Washington is beautiful ... — Updated 7/16/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

That avocado is worth how much? | Moment's Notice

We have all heard of blood diamonds, but how about green gold? Gangs and organized crime groups are stealing this green gold across South Africa and Mexico, and from New Zealand to... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A van of the times | Moment's Notice

A few months ago, I met up with a former student who had been spending most of the pandemic driving across the States, seeing the country, and making money driving for Instacart sin... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

I love, therefore I am | Moment's Notice

One of my all-time favorite jokes is about Rene Descartes and his famous words, "I think, therefore I am." Descartes arrives at a party and is welcomed by the host, who is very... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Life of a Home | Moment's Notice

Home is where the heart is. There's no place like home. Home, Sweet Home. For all our lives, we organize everything around home, whatever form it takes. We leave home to go to the p... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Earth Day and Chomsky's Big Brain | Moment's Notice

A friend recently noticed my Gnome Chomsky in the backyard...a fabulous little garden creature in the likeness of Noam Chomsky, standing above the spring flowers. It reminded me... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Renewal, COVID-Style | Moment's Notice

resurrection n. res·ur·rec·tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shən \ 1 a: the rising of Christ from the dead b: the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment c:... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Giving a Kind Word, More Often | Moment's Notice

“Kind words are worth much but cost little.” – George Herbert Studies show that nearly 90% of consumers seek out and are influenced by online reviews of businesses—as the... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The politics of dancing | Moment's Notice

"At the root of the varied manifestations of dancing lies the common impulse to resort to movement to externalize states which we cannot externalize by rational means. This is... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The books that rewrite our stories | Moment's Notice

"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive." – James... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Simply the Best | Moment's Notice

You're simply the best Better than all the rest Better than anyone Anyone I ever met Tina Turner has been having a bit of a best-ever year. In addition to one of her songs... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bystanders | Moment's Notice

by·stand·er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər \ bystander : one who is present but not taking part in a situation or event : a chance spectator I was thinking the other day about a call I... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Roller Coaster of Mores | Moment's Notice

Who likes a roller coaster as much as I do? Strapped in tightly by a three-point restraint to a plastic seat, looking about anxiously from several stories high, anticipating (and... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Problem with Christmas Music | Moment's Notice

"A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear And so this is Christmas And what have we done? Another year over And a new one just... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A force of nature | Moment's Notice

Humans love a good hero. Admiration for others is in the place in our brain where fear and pain live – we have a visceral need to see the traits we admire in others because it mak... — Updated 7/6/2021


A change in political climate? | Moment's Notice

We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When we talk about the climate these days, it is the political... — Updated 7/6/2021


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