(Image by Dennis Hodges. More on his work below) Climbing up the Gloss Mountains, I considered the plight of the Cherokee to whom the US allocated this land in 1835. We began taking it from them again within a generation. How did that feel? How did they actually stand up and face their children—by culture, the next seven generations? In 1893, thousands of settlers lined … Continue reading What Resonates
Know much about the Maldives? Me neither. The #FreeLucas hashtag got me curious this morning so I read up on the growing repression there and the missing journalists. It’s an old story: * demagogue in office, any voices of opposition disappear; * Journalists looking for the missing disappear too; And back home in the United States, the Republican Party just elected a demagogue to be … Continue reading Silence would be a lie
Originally posted on Reverse Perspective:
Mandela, still the people’s lawyer, burning his passbook, a document used by the government to control the movements of black South Africans Yes, he was profoundly great. But no matter how great his words–and his deeds–one cannot see Mandela without looking in reverse perspective. You have to look at his impact on the people around him … and around the… Continue reading To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”
(Wedding Candles by Marc Chagall, one of several works stolen in PARADOX.) Looking forward a couple months, I have an opportunity to focus all my writing energy on Paradox. Each of my recent anthology publications diverted a little energy from my current work in progress. When you work a day job, that means cutting writing time. I tell stories because I need to. Like many … Continue reading #amwriting
(The image above is “Patient Girl,” by LA artists, the Clayton Brothers. Experience more of their work at Print Magazine or their website. Used with permission.) This is AN Awareness Week, part of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, so I wanted to share a few facts about that little stowaway inside my head. First, an acoustic neuroma (AN) is a tumor of the ear/brain/balance/facial nerves. Here’s what a small … Continue reading Acoustic Neuroma? What the heck?