Category Archives: Culture

J.D. Says We Can

In the aftermath of the U.S. elections, when we managed to pull ourselves out of the rubble and debris, we sought refuge in each other’s promises to continue the fight for whatever it is we vowed we would be willing … Continue reading

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When We Don’t Always Agree

She leaned in through the kitchen door tentatively.  She had her scarf, coat, boots and hat all organized. She drew in a chunk of air through her nose and into her chest. Then she mustered as much lighthearted cheer and … Continue reading

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When There Is No Family

I was inspired to write this post this morning when I heard Michael Krasny’s interview of the Reverend Glenda Hope on Forum.  She is retiring to “dance with God” after 40 years of ministering to the poor and the troubled … Continue reading

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One Look Back, Then Onward

Yesterday afternoon, I carved out some time to take a long walk. It was sunny and clear after the morning fog burned off. I’m sure the tall Redwoods in our yard appreciated the mist in the morning.  I had read … Continue reading

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Delia’s Christmas Manners

Delia Ephron has written an Op-Ed on the NYTimes about Christmas Manners in this era of extreme diversity we now live in.  She promises to “answer questions for those tricky situations we all face at this time of the year.” … Continue reading

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De-Nudifying San Francisco

It seems that the issue of nudity has reached such clandestinely extreme levels that San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has introduced legislation to regulate it. According to the news, the legislation proposes to “make it illegal to walk around nude … Continue reading

Posted in Califorina, Castro District, Culture, Equality, First Amendment Rights, Freedom of Expression, gays and lesbians, Nudity, San Francisco, Sex, social issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Nothing Like A Good Mouth Washing!

Yesterday, on my way to work, I was listening to David Greene of Morning Edition on NPR, when he reported that in Middleborough, Massachusetts, the residents recently passed an ordinance that prohibits public profanity.  The local police have been given the … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, First Amendment Rights, Freedom of Speach, Freedom of Speech, mindfulness, Profanity, social issues, Swearing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Children Of The Rainbow

Last week, on All Things Considered, there was news that on a rainy morning in Oslo, 40,000 people gathered together and sang a children’s’ song called “Children of the Rainbow.”  Big crowds gathered in other towns and cities across Norway, … Continue reading

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I Will Be More Present

There are some changes that need to be incremental.  The kind that does not feel too drastic, jarring to one’s sensibilities or unconscious.  These are small steps moving to a long-term betterment, or so we hope.  I’ve been mulling over … Continue reading

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Take It Back!

I recently read about a woman who was attacked by a serial rapist.  I read about how she struggled to get back her will to live, and the life she envisioned she wanted.  All the time, she said she kept … Continue reading

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