Minister of Loneliness

Last week, Theresa May, Prime Minster of Great Britain, announced a new government position – the Minister of Loneliness. A Minister, not in the religious sense of the word, is the British equivalent of a US Secretary. This was a startling announcement! I assumed she would launch into a description of the elderly population in…

Character-Building Weather

I have often wondered if there is a connection between the climate one grows up in and the character of the people who live in it.  There must be a reason that we often ascribe attributes to groups of people – the hardiness of the north-easterners, the hospitality of southerners, or the grit of the…