The roses need planting

Last week I went to my membership club and purchased my usual staples, including coffee, bath tissue, paper towels, and food items. As a single person, I don’t often buy food in bulk unless it is canned or frozen (and I have enough room in the freezer).  While at the store, I spied some rose …

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Chicanery from the bully pulpit: Trump’s threat to democracy and the power of the press

Squish. Stomp. Trounce it like the filthy bug it is. Threats to silence the press and suppress democracy must be addressed swiftly, with dexterity, resolve, and necessary evidence. (Seems that the bugs have rights, too.)  We have the skill and determination to defend our constitutional rights; every generation must defend them afresh. McCarthy’s tyrannical senate …

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Modes of Literacy, the News, and Persistence

Literacy has been on my mind of late. To be literate is more than just being capable of decoding words on the page and comprehending those words. Decoding and comprehension of words on the page – or the screen – is the minimalist’s definition of literacy.  Literacy involves so much more.  The capacity to engage …

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On Political Resistance: An Introvert’s YAWP!

Regarding politics, I am just a dash past neophyte, but I am a dedicated researcher and I learn quickly. Political science is not one of my passions; even so, I have become a researcher of political science, the federal legislative process, and the powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the US government.  I …

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Trump craves attention: Don’t Feed the Beast (update)

Since the election in November, we have read articles on how to navigate the ‘era of Trump’ and resist his regressive vision for the United States.  And we will resist this emergence of misogyny, racism, elitism, and intolerance.  Every day I look at my Twitter feed and see tweets from people and organizations I follow …

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2016: A Cup of Disappointment

2016: A Cup of Disappointment Several years ago I initiated a ‘renewable’ title for my New Year blog posts, the year followed by “A Cup of…” the one word that seemed to encapsulate the year.  The first year I took the idea from “Auld Lang Syne” lyric and the film, It's a Wonderful Life – …

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Bacon bits and other Life Hacks

  I'm a big fan of anything that makes my life easier. Just this morning I learned how to make bacon bits. That might not seem like such a big deal; however, in the learning of how to make bacon bits I did not in fact burn the bacon that I was cooking - a …

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