Nancy Townsley

Getting Vaccinated Against COVID Is Similar to Kicking the Smoking Habit

(left photo by Andres Siimon; right photo by Diana Polekhina; both on Unsplash)
Urging some folks to finally get vaccinated against COVID is akin to pleading with smokers to stop smoking, Nancy Townsley examines the comparison.   Thirty-five years ago, a couple of months before I was due to give birth to my first child, I worked up the courage to have a come-to-Jesus moment with my mother. It wasn’t something I relished, as I’ve ... Read the full article
Nancy Townsley

Nancy Townsley is a longtime community newspaper journalist living in a floating home on the Multnomah Channel near Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Brain, Child Magazine, NAILED Magazine, The Riveter Magazine, Elephant Journal, The Manifest-Station, and Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life (2012, Forest Avenue Press). She is working on a novel about a journalist-turned-activist in a time of devalued news.

Hello America, From Australia: Researcher Proposes Renaming “Shark Attacks” As “Negative Encounters”

In his latest column, Matthew Reddin looks at Shark Week, shark attacks, and a bit of PR spin on behalf of sharks and their “bad reputation.” 

Hello America, From Australia: Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger

In his latest Hello America, From Australia, Matthew Reddin praises vaccination efforts in California, and questions the resumption of cruise ships in Florida.