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Georgette Heyer’s “Sylvester” at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago

This fourth Lifeline Heyer adaptation is wonderful. They’ve managed to find every rising line and turning point in the story and make it fabulous and funny and farcical, cut out the lengthy bits in between—you’re a Heyer fan, so you know how big this book is!—and leave you satisfied that you’ve got the whole story. Continue reading

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Believe Women Matter

A lot of the discussion – the angry discussion – accompanying the much-applauded fall of Harvey Weinstein focuses on believing women. The argument is that if people believed women when they said they’d been harassed, assaulted, raped, things would change. … Continue reading

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Teaching Purple

When my English 12 students finish MAUS, we’re moving on to THE COLOR PURPLE. I’ve never taught it before and was floundering over ways to approach the book. Part of the district curriculum requires seniors to compare three different versions … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Surviving Exhaustion

In previous posts in this series, I’ve written about emotional sobriety, feeling overwhelmed, and finding a personal sanctuary. Now I’d like to talk more about the concrete things we can do to keep our emotional and spiritual balance during the … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 3: Ancient Gods & Goddesses

Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece–ahem, 35 years ago–I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. I recently returned from a fabulous 3-week return trip there, to research additional settings … Continue reading

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Reading The Color of Law

The Color of Law

I’ve just finished Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law, a thoroughly researched and brilliant analysis of how government action in the United States built and reinforced racial segregation. It took me several weeks to read this book. That’s not because … Continue reading

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Apples and Role Models

Over the weekend, Darwin and I went to an apple orchard. These places abound in Michigan, an apple state. They’re half U-pick, half amusement park, half bakery. The apples aren’t any cheaper than the store AND you have to pick … Continue reading

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Autre Temps

The photo below is from the Spring, 1957 issue of Bride and Home. The three players are me (in the vermillion romper), my mother (in the jumpsuit, in the middle, and my brother Clem (in the white footie pajamas). I … Continue reading

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Time for a New Constitution?

Our Undemocratic Constitution

If there is a secular religion in the United States (besides sports), it is worship of the Constitution. Our public officials and military take oaths to defend it. News reports give play-by-play when the Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality … Continue reading

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The Census, the LGBT Community, and Me

The Census Bureau is only planning to ask about sexual orientation on their pre-survey which asks people what barriers exist that prevent them from taking part in the census (CBAMS). https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/sexual-orientation.html This is a major problem. Originally for the upcoming … Continue reading

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