Shell St. James
Wanderer, but never lost. Reader, writer, teacher and student. The written word feeds our souls, but eat some blackberries now and then, too - they're good for you!
Re-Entry Reluctance A.K.A. "Cave Syndrome"
As I write this, the US has fully vaccinated over 107 million people. Three out of four of our personal friends are fully vaccinated. People we haven't seen in over a year are now, supposedly, safe to be around.
Only in America - Free Pot for a Shot
If anyone had told me as a teenager in the early '80s, that in 2021 marijuana would be legal for recreational use in 16 states (plus DC), I would have choked on my bong hit.
How Deep is Your Love?
“It’s Love that makes the world go round.” -W.S. Gilbert Love is grand! There is nothing mightier than the power of love, bonding two people in a way that enables them to be stronger, happier, and healthier together.
Why I'm Boycotting Panera Bread
The Premise After reading the story of Tammy McCoy, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, I was horrified. Have we not evolved at all, in our acceptance of other persons' religious beliefs? Do we still, in the 21st century, try to persecute those who are not Christian?
Throw Out the Dreaded Cone Collar
We’ve all been there. Your fur-baby has just undergone a traumatic experience at the vet, a spay/neuter or an injury, and the doctor hands you this torture device and tells you it’s imperative you keep it on your pet, so they won’t disturb the healing of the area. The dreaded cone collar...
Are These Health Foods Making You Sick?
Too Much of a Good Thing? You might be patting yourself on the back for finally ditching the junk food and eating healthy.
Should You Use a Cat Training Mat?
I have always had cats…and I always will. Brought up in a family where our multiple pets were considered furry babies, I carried that way of thinking into my adulthood. I cannot imagine life without pets to love, and I bond deeply with animals, especially my cats.