The pants in the family

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When I was still in college, I worked on a little local paper in Michigan.  It was the sort of publication that has evaporated from the American scene – a weekly, countywide, cheerful and plain, serving a mostly rural audience and a few suburban outliers here and there. The nearby college and capitol city were so alien to this world that in all the time I worked there, I believe they were never mentioned even once. Continue reading

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Day or night

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Election day is here

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This afternoon, we voted. The person in front of me said he was voting for the first time. There were people like us who had voted in every election throughout their long adult lives. There were moms and dads with their young, fascinated kids. There were women, many women – African American, Latinx, white, Asian, young, medium, old – walking in solo, one by one. Continue reading

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A true thing

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All the ugliness that is showing its lazy, vicious face these days is real. But it plays out against a reality that can be summed up in one sentence: we are living in a world where the President – the Commander in Chief, the single most powerful individual on the planet – is African American. Continue reading

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The road

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We are just back from a magnificent eight-day road trip across the Plains, in our new used car. Road trips, and driving through new-to-us places, are one of our best and most favorite things.

Total mileage: 2,465 exactly. Total days: 8. Features of itinerary from Chicago: Galena IL; Grinnell IA; Omaha NE; Grand Island NE (via NE 92); the Nebraska Sandhills via NE 2; Alliance NE; Scottsbluff and Gering NE; Cheyenne WY; Laramie WY; then home, with a little side trip to Riverside IA, future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. Continue reading

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The opposite of making a garden

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I am spending a lot of time these days out in the garden. For nearly a year, an integral part of saving this historic building was destroying what it had become.  And so much had to be destroyed. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: en route to Missouri, July 2014

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Panic Button Monday is proud as a… you know

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Every time I push the panic button, this shows up.

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Wordless Wednesday: dusk in the Curtiss Ballroom, Fine Arts Building, Chicago

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Panic Button Monday’s seagull mentor says do as I do

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Every time I push the panic button, this shows up.

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