Category Archives: Thoughts

Missing Words

There’s been a lot of discussion around whether there’s a word missing in the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” There isn’t. To paraphrase a paraphrase, it says what it means and means what it says. It’s short and self-contained, and yet … Continue reading

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Precedential Fixation

Any fight against Trump must by necessity involve a struggle to reach the hearts and minds of those who support him. There can be no successful strategy against Trump that does not also include the one-quarter of the electorate that voted … Continue reading

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My Evening with Fidel

Yesterday marks nearly 16 years to the day that I met Fidel Castro while visiting Cuba in December of 2000. His death has sparked numerous articles analyzing his contributions and his mistakes, as well as decrying his despotic measures, and … Continue reading

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The Walk

Yesterday, due to a series of decisions I made myself, I ended up taking a very long walk back to my little room in the little house that is nestled among the hills of Oakland. It was a halfway accidental … Continue reading

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A Most Welcome Arrival

I sit alone on wicker chair And watch the sky drain grey to blue. The autumn blanket, late arrived, Laid gently over tree and hill, Knew little welcome but from me. That longed-for azure morning missed By friends and passersby … Continue reading

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Synthetic Division

‘Spare me the darkness,’ I cried in fear. ‘Have mercy on this frightened child. Keep it distant, keep it far, So that it never touches me, Never knows me, Never tears me from this place of light. The world within … Continue reading

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Hoodslam!

Every so often there comes a post that doesn’t really know how it wants to be written. What is its voice, its style? What, even, is its purpose? The post does not know. The post is worried. Perhaps it is … Continue reading

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