Category Archives: Politics

A project of the heart

  We live in troubled times – but that could arguably be said about a LOT of historical eras, I suspect. The thing that makes ours stand out is that our revolutions ARE televised, and we are now unable to … 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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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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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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Poem Written in 1991

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

oem Written in 1991

When the Soviet Union Was Disintegrating

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The Rambling Writer’s story “Reset” in the Nevertheless, She Persisted collection

“Bullshit!” I was angry, and taking it personally. I asked myself why, and realized that it WAS personal—to all women and girls. This is what I grew up hearing:

“Be nice, be ladylike. Don’t talk back.” Continue reading

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Women’s March

After the election last November, when I heard that a friend of mine who lives in the DC area was offering crash space for friends who wanted to be part of the Women’s March, I snagged a bed immediately. Though … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the Locus Award Finalists

Congratulations to all the Locus Award Finalists, especially BVC’s own David D. Levine for Arabella of Mars (Tor) (First Novel) and Ursula K. Le Guin for The Complete Orsinia (Library of America) and The Found and the Lost (Saga) (Collection), and Words Are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books 2000-2016 (Small Beer) (Nonfiction). Continue reading

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Marching for Science

(ETA: The link near the end of the post, “Headed up State Street,” links to a 45MB video of the Climate March, so unless you have a good connection the download may take some time.) I have a bachelor’s degree … Continue reading

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