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Radical Liberation

Radical Liberation

“You have to take the bad with the good.” That’s how my mom usually responded to my kvetching about my circumstances. When I was disappointed, flabbergasted, outraged, or frustrated, those words never failed to infuriate me. What I heard her saying was, “Calm down.”...
Resilient Love

Resilient Love

Early most mornings my wife Joy, our dog Gracie, and I leave our neighborhood by foot to walk among the longleaf pines of the Kisatchie National Forest. Onyx lives at the next to the last house before we hit the winding, two-lane road that takes us into the woods. Our...
Love and Resistance

Love and Resistance

I have said that my dog Gracie is stubborn. But that’s not accurate. She’s determined. Inside the house, she obeys every command. In fact, she responds to a large vocabulary. She knows what an atlatl is (we use it to throw her ball), she heads for the car when I...
Holiday Dreams and Christmas Hope

Holiday Dreams and Christmas Hope

Rushing to make my connecting flight in the Atlanta airport, I focused my energies on working my way around and between slow-moving fellow travelers. Snatches of conversation, the mayor’s recorded welcome-to-Atlanta message, and the boarding announcements from each...
Moving Beyond Fear

Moving Beyond Fear

In 2017 pollsters asked Americans what we feared most. Apparently, spiders did not make the list. In my book, that proves that Americans lie. Dying barely made the top 50, trailing fear of reptiles (ranked 44) and sharks (41). Pollution of the air, of drinking water,...