Linda Downing

Living long and well

A friend of mine screeched to a scary stop not long ago, just in time to keep her car from hitting a fellow human — rendering her very real punch line: “I almost killed the undertaker.” We laughed, but between that, another birth...
Updated: 5 months ago

Testing honeybees and humans

Contests unnerve me, perhaps, because the word “tests” lurks inside them. I have won and lost, gleaned honorable mention and nothing. In a world of “good, better, best” and “bad, worse, worst,” I work best on...
Updated: 5 months ago

Bring on Trump’s truth

Donald Trump could not be more different than the average American. Most of us cannot identify with the lifestyles of the rich and famous — both of which he is. Not only that but no matter what he says, it is highly unlikely that he can relate...
Updated: 5 months ago

Travel we must

This week our children traveled back to school. Some call them “our future.” They are arguably the most impressionable and most apathetic among us. Next to establishing discipline in a classroom, fighting apathy either drives our teache...
Updated: 6 months ago

Real women must toughen up

“I think women of all kinds are really sort of horrified by this,” said Carly Fiorina, the only woman seeking the Republican presidential nomination. She spoke of the furor following Donald Trump’s negative reaction to Fox News d...
Updated: 6 months ago