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The Reluctant Traveler’s Thanksgiving Rant

Could a computer run the United States? Let’s suppose we’re not that far off from this. I probably won’t be alive and neither will Donald Trump (fortunately) but it could happen. (Consider WestWorld—or is it Disney World?) Today’s political arena … 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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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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BVC Announces Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted Edited by Mindy Klasky “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Those were the words of Mitch McConnell after he banned Senator Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the floor of the United States … Continue reading

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The Jaguar

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Jaguar
Ursula K. Le Guin

the ghost of a jaguar walks through the fence
the jaguar is our freedom Continue reading

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Refusing to Be Bullied

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The manic speed and vindictiveness of the Republican attack on American core values and institutions make it all too easy for us, the majority opposition, to feel defeated — hopeless. This article is a good antidote. Continue reading

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Constructing the Golem

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The legend of the golem varies according to the teller, but I will follow the version that tells how in a time of persecution a rabbi made a mighty giant out of mud, a golem, and wrote a sacred word on its forehead — “Truth” — that gave it life. With its frightening size and enormous strength, the golem was to defend and safeguard the Jews. But the golem was not rational, not controllable. It was a danger in itself. So the rabbi removed a single letter from the word on its forehead, which then read “Death,” and the life went out of the giant, leaving only mud. 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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BVC Announces Twin Genius by Patricia Rice

It’s Christmas in D.C., and rookie multimillionaire Anastasia Devlin is given the greatest gift of all — the arrival of her long-lost South African twin siblings, Juliana and Alexander. Of course, instead of gifts, the twins come bearing trouble that even the family’s new fortune can’t fix. Continue reading

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