Retired English prof (Ph. D., UNC) who enjoys blogging; Twitter; studying languages, especially Spanish. I’m drawn to positive, compassionate people who, while earnest, are always tolerant. Am committed to justice and a better world. A vegan, I sometimes hug trees! My intent is to write polished posts, or essays, 2 or 3 times weekly on virtually all subjects, perhaps upgrading or adding individual pages later to focus on some of my favorite interests such as environment, health, and language acquisition. I try to always write truthfully as I see things, at the same time realizing not everyone’s going to agree, and I’m comfortable with that, knowing another opinion sometimes serves as a helpful corrective.