Category Archives: Politics

People Who Need People

The Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron advises us to cultivate curiosity, to promote loving kindness in ourselves so that we extend it to others. Even to strangers, which is why I smile or say hello to the most disheveled people walking … Continue reading

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Kansas, Oh Kansas!

We’re steeped in Doublespeak. In the late 1970s I gave a talk at the Southwest Harbor Library on George Orwell’s “1984,” a prescient masterpiece that I’ve taught to high school students. Did I ever imagine that historical lies would become … Continue reading

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A little bit of power

I must pass my Minnesota Class D knowledge test, which wasn’t easy. Previously, I failed it three times Maybe that was because I hadn’t fully studied the driver’s handbook. Ya think? Perhaps recalcitrant me thought, I’m not going to do … Continue reading

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Why does it take so long?

A balanced life is knowing that most of it is over, without morose or dwelling in the useless land of regrets. “A Balanced Life” is the name of a Pilates website I follow. Young Robin Long, the mother of four … Continue reading

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Getting ready to vote in Minneapolis…

When I was a teenager I read Photoplay magazine religiously. I didn’t want to be a celebrity but I was interested in how the rich and famous lived their lives. I cared more about being smart than popular or pretty. I … Continue reading

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Leaving Tucson

On September 25, 2002 — my daughter’s 25th birthday — I drove into Tucson. A vivid Southwestern salmony, purply sunset accompanied my arrival. It was gorgeous. It still is. I didn’t know what my life would be like, but I … Continue reading

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I look at all the angry people…and I have questions

WHY DON’T THE POOREST AND THE MOST MARGINALIZED AMONG US RISE UP? I would. Like Palestinians who hurl rocks at cars sporting Israeli license plates zipping though the West Bank after dark. If Black Americans attacked the Capitol they would … Continue reading

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Fake News!!!

That’s what the crook in the White House says…is anything in the news ever true? Not to him. Only Fox News. I picture him lounging on a gold-bordered couch in the WH living quarters, still donning his pajamas at midday, … Continue reading

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Live History

Historic statues and landmarks may beckon some. Usually not me, but visiting family in Minneapolis a few weeks back I had to see it: Chicago Avenue where one George Floyd was put to death for being Black. His life kneed … Continue reading

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‘Good Trouble’ makes me feel better

I felt better as I watched Real President Obama eulogize John Lewis today. “We Shall Overcome,” belted out at the end of Lewis’s memorial service in Atlanta. Jumping to my feet dancing, clapping, and singing, I recalled participating in 1960s … Continue reading

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