Category Archives: POLITICS

THE CARETAKER PRESIDENT

Oh, Joe. Has there ever been a presidential nominee simultaneously so unimpressive and so desperately needed? I think of you as the Caretaker President, both because our country needs a caretaker and because sometimes it seems like you do, too. … Continue reading

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FIRST DO NO HARM

The influence of Gandhi on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is well known. But Gandhi himself owed a debt to the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, who had written on the same topic of nonviolence. And Tolstoy, in turn, learned from … Continue reading

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ONLY I CAN PROTECT YOU FROM (INSERT HERE)

It’s hard to keep up with the changing scare tactics. Four years ago it was illegal immigrants and Muslims who were threatening our very existence. Today it’s antifa, BLM protesters, and looters. Anything to distract from COVID and unemployment, I … Continue reading

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“I WORK IN A FUCKING BEAD SHOP”

I have always liked one particular type of moment. I would describe it as a moment which is: unexpected; either funny or disturbing (or both); and deeply revealing of an absurd state of affairs or a background reality which is … Continue reading

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AFTER TRUMP

Whether the Trump presidency lasts four years, eight years, somewhere in between, or — God help us — more than eight years, I hope there is a young app-developer somewhere who can help all of us, on both sides of … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG – Scatter My Ashes at Moon Juice – Russell Brown – Medium

I used to work but I don’t anymore. I would get emails and texts and solicitations that I didn’t even want, but now I don’t. I used to be an acupuncturist, but my job required me to touch people all… … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG – What Kind of White Ally Are You?

What Kind of White Ally Are You? What Kind of White Ally Are You? — Read on onequickthought.blog/2020/06/07/how-the-hell-are-you-gonna-get-fired-while-having-a-job-during-a-during-a-100-year-unemployment-high-for-being-a-racist/ I love this writer — her energy, her distinctive voice, her humor. That’s why I’m reposting her piece here. Her previous one was … Continue reading

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THE HANGING TREE

During the national week of rage and mayhem over George Floyd’s death, friends sent me various articles, photos, petitions to sign. One petition which caught my attention was for the removal of the infamous Hanging Tree in Brooksville, Fla. I … Continue reading

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THANK YOU, MISS KOPP

Yesterday I wrote about a bad teacher. Today I write about a good one — Janice Kopp. Miss Kopp was my 6th-grade teacher. She was strict, scary, a grammar fanatic, and … utterly heroic. She remains one of the two … Continue reading

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WINDOW TINT

Twelve years ago I represented an African-American man who was accused of possessing more than an ounce of marijuana. The man was pulled over because police said the tint on his car windows appeared too dark. When the man rolled … Continue reading

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