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A Shining Moment When Gothic Meant Light

Ephemeral once,

Shattered walls of rainbow light

Now glow infernal.

 

Recent events in Paris triggered ruminations on how art can transcend its contextual origins to affect us a primal level. Let us take comfort in that art, and remember how, once upon a time, craftsmen played with light to create a glimpse of Heaven down on Earth.

 

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Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 3 – High Societal Stakes

In the final installment of my series for Torchlight Media about Trump as a narcissistic bully, I talk about what such behavior from the top means for our society and ways we can address it.

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 3: High Societal Stakes

 

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Torchlight Media: Climate of Emergency

“The national edifice is on fire. Every man who can carry a bucket of water, or remove a brick, is wanted.”

-Frederick Douglass, 1861

 

Some thoughts on Trump’s recent declaration of national emergency to build his border wall.

 

Climate of Emergency

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Reaching My Gun Violence Rubicon

We are fast approaching an important personal anniversary for me.  I find myself today bubbling over with jumbled emotions and thoughts, so I thought I’d share a few.

 

Nearly a year ago, on February 14, 2018, students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were gunned down by a young man using an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.  Seventeen people died, and seventeen more were injured.  In the shooting’s wake, I found I could not go on as I had been. It clearly wasn’t enough.

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Quick Thoughts on the Parkland Shooting Report

A report came out from the commission investigating the Parkland shooting today.

 

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For Inspiration in Emotionally Fraught Times I Ask WWED

WWED?  What does that even mean?

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Unite the Right Redux: An Open Letter to Conservatives

Hi there, all you Conservatives and those who lean Right,

 

Now is the time.  Right now.  This is where you have another chance to tell the rest of us where you stand. By your own words and deeds will you be assessed.

 

Warning: This post contains some graphic, or disturbing photos.

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Musings for July 4th: One Family’s Immigrant Story

This July 4th, as we reflect on who we are and who we want to be as Americans, I decided to share the story of my father’s immigrant family. There’s not much to tell. And that’s the point, really.

 

On July 4th, we celebrate the document drafted by immigrants to these shores and their children which enumerated their reasons for breaking the law and rebelling against their country. As we do so, immigration stances and policies put forth the by the White House stand under scrutiny. We should be taking a hard look at them. We should be trying to get some perspective.

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Words of Encouragement While Staring Down Immigration Horrors

So much I want to blog about the current immigration policy horrors by my government. But my current life schedule is not permitting it at the moment. So frustrating.

 

Well, at least I can try to give us all some words of encouragement.

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 4: It’s Okay to Shut Down the Bully

Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways.  I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.

 

Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:

 

  • Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.

 

  • The bully is the victim here.

 

F*ck that noise.

 

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