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No more time for an incremental approach

It’s no secret that there’s a fair amount of tension in the Democratic Party right now— tension between the more centrist old guard, and the more liberal/progressive new guard. The old guard advocates incrementalism under the banner of pragmatism and hewing to a traditional, business-friendly stance. The new guard has …

What is right

In the absence of traditional TV access I’ve learned to get news and information from other sources. I listen to NPR every day, listen to a news podcast four or five days a week, read a variety of news sources via Apple News, and have a network of friends who …

Protesting is a beginning, at best

This was written on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as United States President. As I set down these thoughts many people I knew were preparing to protest this. Knowing this I felt … uneasy. Not filled with hope. I felt like I needed to say something about …

Thoughts on intense friendships

I wrote about friendship over two years ago and found myself wanting to do so again. Rather than attempt to revise what I wrote last time I intentionally didn’t read my last effort. Instead I approached the topic with a clean mental slate. I’ll leave it to you to decide …

What do I say?

What do I say to you who are women, when I am a man? What do I say to you who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, when I am straight? What do I say to you who are Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, when I am White? What do I …

Resolving America’s Original Sin

As many of you know I was raised Catholic. There’s a thing, therein, called original sin. If you’re not familiar with that concept it’s the idea that there is one, first bad act, that has tainted everything that came after it. Whether you believe in talking snakes and magic apples …