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roe and the circle of life

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Trigonometry and the circle of life

   I grew up believing the MLK maxim that the arc of the universe bends toward justice. When the Supreme Court overturned Roe, though, I had another thought. The arc of the universe is actually a sine wave, not an arc. It oscillates back and forth, not bending to anywhere. It might be better in the […]

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Electrical bananas

   Volts divided by watts equals amps. I’ve learned that now, even though I wouldn’t know a watt from a volt or an amp, were one to suddenly jump out of a wall and bite me in the…    I’d learned this tidy bit of electrical math as a result of a fried electrical outlet. We don’t […]

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The couch this is me

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I am now identifying as “This”

   Carol was explaining to her daughter a recent couch move in our living room. Pointing toward the end of the couch where I’m normally found and happened to be at that moment, she said, “This one sags.” Mind you, I was wearing a shirt which color matched that of the couch, a shirt that clings […]

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soap in a soapdish

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Soapdish

   My mother grew up in an orphanage, and my father grew up in the bayous of Louisiana. Both their childhoods spanned the Great Depression. That harshness of that experience did not fade as they slowly clawed their way into a materially sufficient lower middle class. Not wanting their children to go without the way they’d […]

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winning show tickets

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Luck of the Draw

   Carol came into the living room smiling. “I just won $10 tickets to Hamilton for next Thursday.” You might think that direct quote should have been punctuated with an exclamation point. I mean it’s Hamilton, not Guys and Dolls, The Fantastics or Cats. I’ve seen it twice on stage myself and still can’t get enough. […]

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The know that you know

  The Sunday Morning show on CBS ended with images of Britain’s New Forest, historically the first Royal Hunting Ground founded in 1079. What wasn’t  stated was that designating a Royal hunting ground meant that land was now off limits to commoners who had previously used the forest as a source of fuel for heat and […]

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twilight of the Republic

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July 4, 2022: The last or the first?

    I was five years old when the Supreme Court ruled racial segregation  illegal. I was 15 when the Civil Rights Act guaranteed the rights of citizenship regardless of race, color or creed, and 16 when the Voting Rights Act could not restrict the right to vote regardless as well. I was 24 when the […]

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Scammed

   Even as I was still completing the personal information for the online order, I had an increasingly uneasy feeling I was falling for a scam. In the end I decided the most I’d be out was $40, and it could still turn out that it was totally legit. After all, the ad claimed Tiger Woods […]

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memorial day flag with gun

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A Memorial Day to forget?

   No. Not this year. Not this time. Hang that flag in shame if at all. Which United States does that flag represent anyway? Because there are most certainly two.    Who do we think we are? Five percent of the world’s population and fifteen percent of its resources. Of course, we’re going to be […]

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being odd or fitting in

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The irony of not fitting in

    I read recently that the self-styled militia Proud Bois, who espouse an extreme form of individual liberty, requires a non-negotiable commitment to “fit in or fuck off” in order to join its “organization.” The Proud Bois apparently doesn’t require any corresponding commitment to irony. Also, a group calling itself Moms For Liberty has created […]

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