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Mozy is Blind

“She’s so beautiful.”  That is how every conversation begins when someone meets our 8 year-old Collie/Sheppard mix Mozy.  From the first time we took her to the vet to every person who stops to talk with us on the street, … Continue reading

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The Starbucks Incident — What Do You Want?

I will readily admit I don’t know a ton about what happened in that Starbucks in Philadelphia.  I’ve seen the videos of the incident and the Police Chief.  I saw some television reports and an article or two.  Seen some … Continue reading

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The Commissioner and The Baseball

What is the strangest relationship you have ever had?  Was it in your family, so you had no choice?  Did you have a lover that whose very existence in your life now baffles you?  Did you have a boss who … Continue reading

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Signifiers — Thoughts From the Coast

Signifier: a symbol, sound, or image (such as a word) that represents an underlying concept or meaning. Admittedly, this is a damn strange word to have stuck in my head for months. When I obsess over a word the bubble … Continue reading

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Portland’s Jefferson High — Why the Name is Essential

  Over the years, the nascent movement to rename Portland’s Thomas Jefferson High School has bubbled just under the surface. Sometimes the heat gets turned up and the discussion breaks out again. We are, once again, in one of those … Continue reading

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Who Are These Kids? #neveragain

  After the Parkland Valentine’s Day massacre, the first time I knew this was going to be different was when I saw those kids on television. I kept saying out loud, “Who are these kids?” Poised. Articulate. Smart. Grieving and … Continue reading

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Are you a White Supremacist too?

The big, heavy blunt instrument feels so good. Anyone who has swung a sledgehammer knows how productive it feels. But that same person knows that the sledgehammer is indiscriminate. It destroys and often misses the mark. To build and finish … Continue reading

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Coward? You May Never Know

I can’t stop thinking about the case of Scott Peterson, the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas High School. For 5 minutes, as shots rang out in a school building, he chose to wait outside. After 33 years as a … Continue reading

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Why Live Music Keeps Me Alive

I saw my first live rock show at 13 years old. In 1968, my mom dropped my buddy Gregg and I at the fair grounds so we could see Iron Butterfly. The opening act, from San Francisco, was called Floating … Continue reading

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What Congress Can Do About Guns…Now!

We have all seen this before. Right? Predictable violence against innocents followed by thoughts and prayers. Grieving people build shrines of flowers and balloons and painted signs. All of the news networks put their anchors on sleek Gulfstream 5 jets … Continue reading

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