Bertha Cooper

Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Les Misérables?

People swarmed the roads and grass to the Capitol Building in DC, filled the balconies and stormed the entries guarded but not secured by Capitol… Continue reading

 

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Think About It: Taking inventory

I hope by the time you read this column I will have sent some sort of holiday greeting which at this writing has become a… Continue reading

 

Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Happy New Year (at last)!

Twenty-four percent more Christmas trees have been sold this year than at this same time last year. Either we don’t have anything else to do… Continue reading

 

Bertha Cooper

Think About It: This couldn’t be normal, could it?

Beats me what’s “normal” nowadays. Normal may have gone the way of 8-track tapes and writing a letter using an ink pen on paper. Fast… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: ‘Children will listen’

“Careful the things you say. Children will listen.” Some of you will recognize the lyrics of this beautiful, poignant song. Music and lyrics were written… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: An impossible year, a Halloween story

The federal income tax distribution system existed for decades after Congress passed tax laws that mandated spreading the wealth of some states with poorer states… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Preying on the web

“O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” I am distracted by the spider eating his/her prey caught in an… Continue reading

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Think About It: Deep states

Think About It: Deep states

Conspiracy theories, reliable science stand in stark contrast under the Trump administration

Think About It: Deep states
Think About It: ‘(How come) this country doesn’t love us back’?

Think About It: ‘(How come) this country doesn’t love us back’?

Why is this country so afraid of black men?

Think About It: ‘(How come) this country doesn’t love us back’?
Think About It: When the air clears

Think About It: When the air clears

Pandemic has made it harder to escape a dark reality for too many people and explain our inaction

Think About It: When the air clears
Think About It: An impossible year, part II

Think About It: An impossible year, part II

“Would there even be a place for contemplation and peace during a year that promises swarms of competing ideologies, social cultures and political pandering mixed… Continue reading

Think About It: An impossible year, part II
Think About It: Happy anniversary women – vote now!

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: Happy anniversary women – vote now!
Think About It: Intimidation prospective

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: Intimidation prospective
Think About It: Vulnerable me, vulnerable you

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: Vulnerable me, vulnerable you
Think About It: Kneeling for help

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: Kneeling for help
Think About It: Something old, something new

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: Something old, something new
Think About It: Nonsensical

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: Nonsensical
Think About It: The eyes have it

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: The eyes have it
Think About It: Conflicting thoughts in small spaces

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: Conflicting thoughts in small spaces
Think About It: On hold …

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: On hold …