Welcome to the Mashed Potato Bulletin!
As the voting public’s view of government shifts into increasing
disillusionment and frustration with what has become, essentially, a
mish-mash of political games played out in a gridlocked Congress, the
national conversations and debates have deteriorated into fairly
narrow, oversimplified and contradictory messages. The question
arises, “How to make sense of it all?”.
Throughout the maze of punditry and virtual nonstop news broader assessment
seems almost out of the question. Peering into the past to learn from
and compare to the present is simply not in the cards. The complex
issues the public wrestles with are not ones that can be whittled
down into truncated, convenient talking points. More times than not
one may find themselves stuttering in mental disbelief demanding of
the television screen, radio host or news article author to look
deeper. Take in the bigger picture.
It is amidst this confusing atmosphere that this journal inserts itself,
to conjure some sense out of the convoluted mess of mashed potato
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About the Author
My academic and research background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science with research into coastal and marine habitats and published work in the area of marine mammal research. Professionally, my background includes work in public health, environmental health, emergency response planning and commercial fisheries research. I have lived, worked and traveled throughout much of North America, Central America and Europe. In addition, I hold on loosely, at least, to aspirations of fiction writing.