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Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Driving Drunk was Not Fatal for Me

In my 21 years of out-of-control drinking, before I stopped more than 37 years ago, I drove drunk dozens of times. I am not proud of this, but it’s a fact. It is a miracle I never injured anyone, nor was I injured.

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: We Could Blow it Upon Soft Opening

Sunday morning’s COVID report looks good, as it has all along. But this should not be mistaken for a pass to non-vigilance. In a community that has more than its share of scofflaws, that is a huge concern.

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: COVID-19 Reveals Personal Fault Lines

From the moment I saw what was coming, what was happening, my primary thought was: All our faults are being exposed to the light of day in a way I have never before seen. It is along those fault lines that earthquakes are born.
Dr. Janice M. Vaughn-Knox tells the gathering at a St. Thomas conference that learning about the medical benefits of cannabis "rocked my world." (Source photo by Shaun Pennington)

Physicians Say Cannabis Therapy is Not Religion, It’s Science

Mother and daughter duo Drs. Janice Vaughn-Knox and Rachel Knox told a small gathering of health professionals, cannabis growers and processors on St. Thomas, that cannabis works.
Coral reef on the west end of St. Croix

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Annihilation or Cooperation?

It’s hard to hear the universal Om when our ears are plugged with plastic buds and headsets. The cries of distress from the dying species around us are drowned out by dialogue and the explosions of the fabricated worlds of video games and other cyber creations this elder does not comprehend. What I do see is life beginning to shrink to the size of a personal device as the pulse of the planet becomes weaker.
Lawrence Kupfer discusses WAPA's Transformation Plan during an interview Monday. (Source photo by sap)

Time is Running Out to Face WAPA’s Realities

WAPA's issues, including debt, substantial cost overruns on the VITOL propane conversion project, and long-term non-payment of bills by government agencies, could leave U.S. Virgin Islanders in the dark.
A carelessly discarded chip bag floats in the territory's otherwise beautiful blue waters. (Alain M Brin, Blue Glass Photography)

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Earth Day

I am old enough to remember the first, wildly hopeful Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I was 20 years old. I also remember the release of Rachel Carson’s seachanging book “Silent Spring” – which inspired not only the first Earth Day but also the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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