Under
currents

Undercurrents

As a journalist, I was always drawn to the backstory, the story that flowed beneath the headlines. Maybe it is my affinity for water that makes me want to dive deep. I was born with the name Riviere. which means river in French. When I married Ed Seel, I took him and his name as a part of myself. Seel means soul in German. I am, indeed, a river soul.  

Waiting and Watching

Waiting and Watching

“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated less than a fully adult human responsible for her...

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

The pandemic has changed how we celebrate holidays, and that might be a good thing. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two holidays that can evoke strong emotions, family drama, and expectations that are all too often unrealistic or unmet. As Thanksgiving approaches, I...

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Risk and the Common Good

Risk and the Common Good

I run alone, without a cell phone, and usually without any identification. It’s a risk I’m comfortable taking. My route through town and residential neighborhoods is well known, and in this small town, I’m also known. I’m pretty confident that if I had a fall or got...

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Monsters, Ghosts, and After-Glow

Monsters, Ghosts, and After-Glow

For someone whose least favorite holiday is Halloween, I’ve recently spent a lot of time watching monsters on the screen. First, I became hooked on HBO’s Lovecraft Country (yes, I know, I’m late to the party on this one). When that series ended, I decided it was time...

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Who Is Your Hero?

Who Is Your Hero?

Who is your hero? How do you define hero? Has this time living through a pandemic given you a new definition of hero? My definition of a hero is an ordinary person who performs an extraordinary act in the face of danger to him/her/themselves. Last year as a highly...

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What We Do Now

What We Do Now

Fall is my favorite season. It’s that in-between, messy time when summer’s wild growth stops, the heat and humidity abate, and the natural world begins to slow down. The deep greens become golden, fiery, the leaves tumble into piles and drift along the roadsides and...

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