Category: Society

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Voter Exhaustion

A few weeks ago I rode in the company truck with a workmate and we talked about the many election signs we passed along the way. Her knowledge of the candidates in the local municipal elections was limited to the name of one of the thirty hopefuls for […]

It’s life’s illusions I recall

Why do I love the soon-to-be-seventy Joni Mitchell, and somewhat resent the soon-to-be-thirty Edward Snowden?  I think it’s because Joni asked me to look inside myself and question my assumptions, while Edward hit me over the head with them. This week we celebrated two game-changers. Joni  Mitchell, famously […]

Americans impress me

Someone asked me today what was my impression of Americans. Half a dozen possible answers flashed through my mind, but what I said, more or less, was: “The Americans I have met have been very open and friendly. They are hard-working, sociable, and kind. They like things like […]

A Kindly Racism

I have a friend who refers to people by their racial characteristics. She does this frequently, sometimes after saying “I’m not racist, but…” In many ways she is not racist. She has friends and romantic partners from various ethnic backgrounds, and she appreciates all their good personal qualities. […]

Earth Hour

I didn’t “do” Earth Hour this year.  Two years ago I turned out all the lights as requested, and I sat in the dark. It was a very long hour. Last year I was better prepared. I sat in the light of some candles and played solitaire. This year, […]