Category Archives: Politics

In Troubled Times: Tenaciously Hopeful

Recently I’ve noticed more articles on staying grounded in joy and hope, even when surrounded by fear. Perhaps such articles have always been part of the general social media discourse and I am only now becoming sufficiently calm to notice … Continue reading

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Unnatural Empathy

(Picture from here.) The eastern gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) and the Cope’s gray tree frog (H. chrysoscelis) are closely related. They look identical. Yet they only mate preferentially with each other. Why? You might ask. The Cope’s frog has … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Numbing Out

I have long understood the dangers and seductions of overwork. I’ve frequently coped with stress by balancing my checkbook or going over budget figures. Or reading and replying to every single email in my Inbox. It needn’t be intellectual work: … Continue reading

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Guest post via Ursula K. Le Guin: “The Wall” by Anita Endrezze

Anita Endrezze

Build a wall of saguaros,
butterflies, and bones
of those who perished
in the desert. Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: European-American

Nancy Jane Moore

I grew up in a small town outside of Houston in a culture that was mostly white, Anglo, and Christian. It wasn’t exclusively white. We had both African-American and Mexican-American neighbors and, after NASA set up the Johnson Space Center … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Emotional Sobriety

Most of us who drink alcohol have sooner or later imbibed too much of it. Setting aside the embarrassing and unhealthful effect of such overindulgence, we then got to experience nature’s own payback: a hangover. Not only do we feel … Continue reading

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Marching in Washington

by Brenda W. Clough  At least a couple dozen friends and fellow writers I know were at the Women’s March in Washington DC on January 21, but from first to last I never saw them — there were more people … Continue reading

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Preparing to March!

by Brenda W. Clough  I am an ageing hippie. But I am a gentle and ineffective one. I’ve never been to an outdoor music festival, nor done drugs, nor been on a protest march. So I approach the Women’s March … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Finding an Inner Guide to Political Action

Like many others, I did not sleep well on election night or the following nights. Shock and dismay had hijacked my mind. I felt as if I had been catapulted into a very dark Twilight Zone episode. My thoughts went … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: The Reaper and the Bambino

OK, 2016, there’s the door. Don’t let it whack you in the fanny on the way out, you miserable sod. Rarely have I felt so much dark energy as these past twelve months have brought, and I gather from Facebook … Continue reading

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