Adrienne Gokhale Cannon lives in Springfield, VA with her spirited terrier, Lucy. She has three grown children and two grandchildren. Her son lives in New York City with his family; her two daughters and their families live nearby in the Virginia suburbs.
Adrienne taught Spanish and Italian for 30 years in local high schools and retired from the Prince George’s County, Maryland Public School System in 1996. Since that time she has been writing essays, playing the clarinet with community concert bands and volunteering as a tour guide at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. She is author of Journey, a collection of essays, and a second collection, just published, entitled Grace Notes.
Adrienne can be reached at: email@example.com
In a time when the fertility business in the US is booming and so much is possible — artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, and potentially, bioengineering of embryos — there are few, if any, laws that protect the children from these less traditional origins. more »
As the nation's Republican leaders huddle to reconsider their plans to "repeal and replace" the nation's health law, advocates for universal health coverage press on in California, armed with renewed political will and a new set of proposals. Organized labor and two lawmakers are leading the charge for a single, government-financed program for everyone in the state. And Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has suggested building on employer-based health care to plug holes in existing coverage. The proposals are fueled both by a fear of losing gains under the Affordable Care Act and a sense that the law doesn't go far enough toward covering everyone and cutting costs. more »
A 2015 survey of high school students in the [California] district, which includes Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, found that 11 percent of girls and 6 percent of boys reported being the victims of unwanted kissing, touching or sexual intercourse with someone they were dating or had dated in the past year. The usual approach, which relies on teaching kids that "no means no," isn't enough, a high school senior has said. Often, when it comes to sexual activity, she said, "there is a fine line. We have to un-blur it."
Roberta McReynolds writes: A rather large mound of dirt had now taken up residence in the sink. Fine dust floated in the air and was slowly drifting over every surface within a three-foot radius: kitchen curtains, countertop, flooring, and me. Phoebe, our cat, peeked cautiously around the corner as I coughed from somewhere deep within the haze, staring at me with a curious look as though to say, "Seriously, I thought you were trying to get rid of that stuff." She turned away, flipping her tail aloft as a sign of superiority as she marched off in search of a place to nap ... and shed more fur. more »