reflections on race, religion, history & social change

September 24, 2018

1) Because I actually liked the porn she gave me as a reward.

2) Because something can feel physically good and emotionally bad at the same time.

3) Because those boys were bigger and stronger than me.

4) Because they were all my friends, and their parents were my parents...

September 19, 2018

Although I've been watching and listening and learning intently, I haven't said much publicly about the #metoo movement--in part because as a white man with a Ph.D. I'm trying not to inadvertently de-center the voices of those most concerned, who are routinely doubted/...

April 27, 2018

Freedom of movement on one’s own two feet is a fundamental human right.

It was so basic to English common law that the Founders didn’t even bother to mention it in the Bill of Rights. (Oh, that and the pesky part about 20% of the non-Indian population being enslaved at...

February 27, 2015

He Who is the Mother, the Soul, the Secret, the Essence...

I just happened upon this striking essay-poem, “Mother's Name Unknown,” and am feeling pleasantly dumbfounded. What clear writing! And what perspicuous truth it conveys!

I don’t know personally the author, Andr...

November 5, 2014

This morning, the first after the 2014 elections, I noticed this arresting headline: "There Are 100 Women in Congress for the First Time Ever." Well, it's about time, nearly a century after women's suffrage became universal (officially, at least, since non-white women...

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