Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Happy anniversary women – vote now!

Aug. 18, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America — the… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Intimidation prospective

His voice was deep and gruff. His message was unmistakable. He questioned my right to live. He was upset that I presented an alternative view… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Vulnerable me, vulnerable you

“None of us could have imagined spending extended time in isolation at this stage of our lives. We can be forgiven for treasuring each day… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Kneeling for help

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, former pro football quarterback, took a knee for the first time during the singing of the national anthem. For the uninformed,… Continue reading

Think About It: Something old, something new

My brother and I stood outside the grey building looking up at the window waiting for our father to appear. The sky was turning into… Continue reading

Think About It: Nonsensical

“Nonsensical” is the musical way of saying something is nonsense, ridiculous, absurd and irrational. The word seems old-fashioned, which I confirmed through trivial pursuit research… Continue reading

Think About It: The eyes have it

“Bertha? Is that you?” The question came from the person standing at the other end of the wine aisle. He had just asked me if… Continue reading

Think About It: Conflicting thoughts in small spaces

“In nursing (and medicine), the worst outcome is death.” This quote came from a woman, a nurse, I interviewed for my book on women and… Continue reading

Think About It: On hold …

I’ve never been very good at being on hold. I generally pace and wonder when the person on the other end of the line is… Continue reading

Think About It: Fear antidotes

Years ago, as part of my personal search, I put myself on the email list of a few spiritual leaders. Every so often I receive… Continue reading

Think About It: Stuff happens … be prepared

My first full-time professional job as a registered nurse was as a public health nurse with the Seattle-King County Health Department. I spent a quarter… Continue reading

Think About It: Crash! You’re it!

Following the second or was it the third time my relative’s car was slammed into by an uninsured driver, I started calling my relative’s car… Continue reading

Think About It: Sound of silence, continued

I bring a heavy heart to writing this, my annual column on sexual abuse in childhood. Some of you may recall I started writing about… Continue reading

Think About It: Truth or dare

It seems that any person, presentation or speech labeled “political” takes on its own set of rules, a set that doesn’t have to include facts… Continue reading

Think About It: An impossible year

The grand prize-winning photo in Wildlife magazine was a photo of a Central African gorilla. The photographer Anup Shah captured the magnificent animal in a… Continue reading

Think About It: ‘Walking into a hug’

The main room at John Wayne Marina is large enough for most events but wasn’t big enough to hold the grief of so many who… Continue reading

Think About It: Highjacked hope

Have you noticed how often politicians refer to kitchen table issues? It’s not as popular as claiming to speak on behalf of the “American people,”… Continue reading

Think About It: Word play or punish

I love words. I’ve written about my love for words in this column. I claim the art of using words is a key ingredient to… Continue reading

Think About It: Let nature take its

I’ve had a few occasions to drive a fair distance during this fall season of ours. Certain parts of my travel have caught my breath… Continue reading

Think About It: Halloween Story 2115

This is scary. It’s a ghost story. I just wish I wasn’t the ghost. But I couldn’t really expect to be around for 100 more… Continue reading