Category Archives: Politics

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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A thanksgiving

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

A thanksgiving
Poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin Continue reading

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Evidenced Thinking and Writer Naivete

(Picture from here.) I haven’t been talking about science much lately. Heck, from the activity in my blog here, I haven’t been talking much about anything. To be frank, trying to fill this blog has, of late, been difficult. Not … Continue reading

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On Anger

Anger. There’s a lot of that out there since the election. There’s shock, too, especially out here in California where the vote was overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, even the white vote. And fear. With white supremacists appointed to White House … Continue reading

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The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water By Ursula K. Le Guin Americans have voted for a politics of fear, anger, and hatred, and those of us who oppose this politics are now trying to figure out how we … Continue reading

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Why Fiction Matters

The Dispossessed

I’ve had several conversations with fiction writers lately on what we should be doing about climate change, the election, and other important concerns of the day. My immediate response was that now, more than ever, they should write. They dismissed … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel was published in 1985. It is appropriate however to review it today, in this first week of November 2016. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopia of a very specific sort. The … Continue reading

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Election Anxiety Disorder and What To Do About It

Like just about everyone I know, I have been feeling anxious about this election. I say “just about” because  there might be some acquaintance who is blissfully uncaring about the issues and candidates. So for the rest of us, this … Continue reading

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