March 2024 Magazine

This month  Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about a young woman, Raihab Baig, who has taken her passion for exploring healthy beverages to create a thriving business. Nick Licata’s analysis of the Middle East succinctly places the current Gaza Conflict within a historical context. In How NOT to Read the News, Patricia Vaccarino writes about how we can get a reality check to tell what is real from what is not. As always, Time Marches On! Happy March! 

Healthful Elixirs with Social Inclusion by Barbara Lloyd McMichael

Raihab Baig has combined her faith, her culture and her business training to launch Aafiya Lounge. This thriving mocktail catering service will soon have a bricks and mortar presence in the Pacific Northwest. 

How NOT to Read the News by  Patricia Vaccarino

There is something perverse and horrifying about scanning the news on our phones. Dishing up tragedy, trivia and trash in the same screen creates ambiguity, a false take on reality, and it is eroding our consciousness. What can we do about it?

Nick Licata’s analysis of America’s involvement in the Middle East is clear, cogent and powerful. Please see his article: Biden Can Stop the Middle East War from Losing His Election.

Book Review: The Least of Us by Sam Quinones

I have seen Fentanyl and Meth addiction up close in downtown Seattle. My heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones as a result of this national epidemic. Sam Quinones’ book lays out the problem and shows what can be done to combat addiction. –Patricia Vaccarino

In Wake Up, Risk Management Expert Annie Searle weighs in on the infrastructure, institutions, and issues that are currently under fire. The obvious antidote is, as always, to make your voice heard above the din. 

Not Under Forty by Willa Cather

Willa Cather’s hard-to-find collection of essays harkens to a gentler time when ladies of letters shared their access to the pinnacle of culture within the rank and file of their rarefied worlds. –Patricia Vaccarino


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