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Book Review: ‘Tame the Wild Land’ by Patrick Shannon

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A good historical novel should not educate so much as open the door to further education about the historical period in which the novel has been set. Shannon has done that very well, indeed. Read More »

A 1960s Lexicon of Words of Liberation and Self Defense

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Over the decade of the 60s these groups developed and shared a lexicon of words that expressed their desire for liberation. The black community at-large widely used these liberation words and phrases. Recently I have been recalling those words and phrases noticing that I rarely hear them in today’s struggle. Read More »

Tennessee’s Troubling Move to Name the Bible as the State’s Official Book

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Tennessee trying to name The Bible as the state's official book is the latest attempt to insert religion into government and challenge the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause. Read More »

Good Friday – Thinking About Crosses That We All Bear

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In everyday life we are all called to carry our own crosses. Some may not be a literal 300 pounds, but these worries, fears, and troubles can seem overwhelming. Read More »

Mars-One: Would You Sign-On For A One-Way Trip to Mars?

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Dying is going to happen whether you are here or on Mars. I don’t see myself as dying on Mars; I see myself as living on Mars. Read More »

Joan Baez Honored by Library of Congress and Amnesty International

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The human rights organization will honor the folk singer along with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei at a ceremony in Berlin in May. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Churchill’ Adapted and Performed by Ronald Keaton

Ronald Keaton in 'Churchill,' photo by Jason Epperson

The noted Chicago actor evokes the great leader with a Churchillian display of sheer thespian bravado. Read More »

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Giveaway: ‘Owsley and Me: My LSD Family’ Memoir by Rhoney Gissen Stanley

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Stanley's memoir chronicles her life working in the Acid King's lab, and as the third angle in a love triangle, and later under the care of the Grateful Dead. Read More »

Vietnam Asks Korea to Cancel Vietnam War Celebrations

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If South Korea chooses to go through with a 50th anniversary commemorative event, the repercussions could be serious – both economically and politically – because of bad blood between Korea and Vietnam over the Vietnam War. Read More »

Oregon’s Ballot Measure 86: Shock Doctrine Comes as Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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Measure 86 is proposing that the government of Oregon change its constitution to allow the state to go into debt to banks. Read More »