Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’re approaching the third anniversary of two major disasters in U.S. history – both claiming undistinguished titles. First, on April 5, 2010, at a coal mine in West Virginia, twenty-nine miners lost their lives when an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch mine. The tragedy was the worst coal mineContinue reading “Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions”

Communication is an Endangered Species

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Last night, we watched the movie Terms of Endearment. The movie still provides some sentimental waterfalls, but there are some things that seemed so modern in 1983 when the movie was made that are nearly archaic now thirty years later. Phones were push button but still in the old rotary styleContinue reading “Communication is an Endangered Species”

Becoming a Non-Person

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I ceased to exist for a few hours to those around me recently. The occasion occurred in the corridors of a hospital when I sat in a wheelchair. My husband pushed me down long hallways from the doctor’s office to the lab to the pharmacy. I’d been suffering from a viralContinue reading “Becoming a Non-Person”

9/11 – A Time to Try Men’s Souls

Note: I wrote this column in 2001 right after 9/11. I republish it today in honor of all the victims of eleven years ago.   “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine, 1776, The American Crisis  By Patricia Zick @PCZick Two centuries later Thomas Paine’s words serve as a guide for ourContinue reading “9/11 – A Time to Try Men’s Souls”

Prescription Drug Epidemic

By P. C. Zick @PCZick NOTE: Today’s blog is a little different from my usual writings about the garden and the environment, but I felt this topic needed exposure. I hope you agree. Rock Center with Brian Williams presented a compelling show the other night about babies being born addicted to prescription drugs. “Prescription pillContinue reading “Prescription Drug Epidemic”