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

 

Think About It: Deep states

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

 

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

Why is this country so afraid of black men?

 

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: 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: 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