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About editor, facilitator, decider

Doesn't know much about culture, but knows when it's going to hell in a handbasket.

Earth Day 2017 – now we march

Never before has reason and rationality been so key to the survival of our species and our planet. Denial of overwhelming evidence and disdain for the proven efficacy of the scientific method has created an unprecedented, unparalleled danger, of the … Continue reading

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Ostara

Who can lay claim to a holiday, or a holy day? Today is the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox. If ever there was a pagan-y way of fixing a feast on the calendar, that’d … Continue reading

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Who’s your Dada?

Knowing who’s who in your major 20th century art movements may have netted you, well, very little up until now (save self-satisfaction or smugness, in alignment with your virtues). But if you’ve got a grasp of the cast of characters—including … Continue reading

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RIP Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)

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Whither the fool?

Tomfoolery is just the latest chapter in the story. The date of April 1st has been linked with the concept of the trickster and the fool since our misty earliest past. Remembering that the medieval fool was the one member … Continue reading

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Who owns an atrocity?

The brutal murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was both a singular atrocity and a bellwether for change. It didn’t spark the civil rights movement—countless other indignities not to mention the sweep of history did that. But it … Continue reading

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RIP Chuck Berry (Oct. 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017)

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The word, spoken

And then there are those days when you just need to turn on the camera and spew verse…

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After Standing Rock

In the aftermath of a route, when we see how our own stratagems were steamrolled and how firmly the opposition holds the field, it’s hard to call the things we’ve undergone anything other than abject defeats. It feels like self-delusion … Continue reading

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“My Valentine” is a play for laughs

Theater is an all too rare treat for me (and for this I have no one to blame but myself, knowing as I do that both professional and amateur performances abound in my region). Last night I had the pleasure … Continue reading

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Game day respite

It’s a good day to decompress, disengage, and be entertained. Ugliness and struggle will still be there tomorrow, never fear. So leave it until tomorrow—today we play ball.

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The sonneteer

~ ~ No clear idea why, but it seems I’m sonnetering these days. Works for me if it works for you: ~ ~ ~

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A little something for your morale, majority

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January 20th: Art strikes back

#J20 isn’t just a trending hashtag, it’s a watershed. It refers to the date, January 20th, and if ever there was a calendar page with the potential to be a watershed, this is it. This is the day that the … Continue reading

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Letting in the elements in

.This is the time of year that most of us are trying to keep the elements out. Safe and warm cocoons are just a single door-seal removed from the bluster and bullshit raging out there, and all around. But I’m … Continue reading

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