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Making the rounds these days among my appalled colleagues is a photo of a pretty little girl, around 9, looking tragically earnest as she stands in what looks like a school pep-rally crowd. As she might in any other pep rally, she’s holding a sign hand-lettered in big bubble letters. But the sign does not say, “Go Cougars!” It says, “No One is Free if Someone Is Oppreessed” [sic, by the way].[…] Continue Reading »
We are just a week away from making our 2012 Election Day choices. For the first time in my voting career, we’re choosing more than our political leadership for the next four years — we are deciding its destiny, choosing between very different ideological paths.
No one needs to be told that employment is a big-deal issue this time around.[…] Continue Reading »
I have a friend who has a secret for staying young: She makes it her business not to know stuff. In contrast, it’s my job to know stuff and then tell people about it.
We stay in cross-country touch via e-mail these days. And I have to be very careful what I send her. I imagine her sitting in her office peering through splayed fingers at my name in her inbox.[…] Continue Reading »
Being friends with us writer types can be amusing most times. We almost always have at least one story to tell that’s worth a drink, if not a dinner. Here’s the problem: One of these days, the story will be about you. Dollars to doughnuts, make friends with a writer and you’ll eventually be blog fodder.
So let me tell you about a friend of mine.[…] Continue Reading »
Everyone needs at least one diversion that makes friends and family go, “Really? You spend your time on that?” Mine at the moment is debunking an urban myth that is making the rounds. Maybe you’ve seen it.
There are multiple versions, but this one concerns a white woman (the story makes a point of describing her as being white and in her 50s) who obnoxiously objects to being assigned a plane seat next to a black man.[…] Continue Reading »