Bertha Cooper

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

Think About It: Are we safer today?

Safety is one of our most basic human needs and probably closely tied to our survival instinct. At least that’s how I see it. We… Continue reading

Think About It: Keep in, not out

“It will destroy the character of our small town!” “It will bring more traffic onto our streets!” “We will never be the same!” Sound familiar?… Continue reading

Think About It: It could happen … you never know

Nothing in the lifestyle, past or family history of my friend could have warned her that she would be struck by an aggressive form of… Continue reading

Think About It: Careful what you wish for

Here’s what we know about the politics of health care in America if we listen to and watch what politicians do. The Republican party (Repubs)… Continue reading

Think About It: Mob squad

The president’s 2020 campaign was kicked off with a frontal attack on four freshman congresswomen for their views on health care and immigration policies. Candidate… Continue reading