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in favor of the braveheart chicken

In 1959, Allen Ginsberg said America was having a nervous breakdown… Maybe he was exaggerating for effect. However, it’s no exaggeration to say, that in 2017, we’re a very very nervous nation… No breakdown yet, but our condition is indeed … Continue reading

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the symbol lives again

In the late 1960s, my generation suddenly “discovered” the yin-yang symbol… Many of us were looking East, because those religions and philosophies seemed to jibe with who we truly were, with who we wanted to be… We liked the Eastern … Continue reading

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the green shirt ritual

Last Saturday, I put on the green T-shirt… …as a way of signaling the beginning of Spring… …as a way of telling myself: “Time to emerge from Winter’s cave.  Time to shake off the dust.  I must change with the … Continue reading

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rainbows: traditional & non-traditional

  The Rainbow Flag has become a culturally acknowledged symbol of gay pride… Those colors are not a random choice.  Historically, color was used in the gay community as a signal—a secret signal for gays forced to live in the … Continue reading

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a national mental health day

  Mixed emotions may actually be good for my mental health… That realization came to me, this last week, while considering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy… That event brings up such a mix of emotions for me.  In … Continue reading

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Full Employment

  The woman feared that her dream—a quiet nightmare—foretold a difficult future… In the dream… She’s arrived in North Carolina and can’t find a job. Because the woman—a co-worker of mine—was actually preparing to move to North Carolina, she wondered … Continue reading

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Winning Tree

  I give up. For the last three years, a little walnut tree has tried to a sprout in a flower bush on my parents’ front yard. Though I’m a bit of a tree hugger, each time the little tree … Continue reading

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