• Gender apartheid must end

    Not all societies marginalize women or have historically marginalized, underpaid, or undervalued women. Here in the United States, much of the Southwest has been populated with the Navajo. Women are the primary leaders of the traditional Navajo culture, which not just means the culture is matrilineal...
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  • Bluegrass stalwarts The Special Consensus head west

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    The discussion in bluegrass circles about strict adherence to the genre’s tradition verses allowing modern influences is ongoing and more than occasionally heated. Since forming in the Chicago area over 40 years ago, The Special Consensus has been serving up music that leaps past discussion...
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  • The New Era

    Those who survived the holocaust never said “heat” when describing what happened in 2049. Instead, they called the aftermath of the apocalypse The New Era. When temperatures on the planet broke 140 F, millions died and civilization descended into chaos. “Hot” and“heat” became terms of...
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  • Shitholes and profiles in cowardice

    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” —Martin Luther King Jr. This past week has made it crystal clear that on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day we live in a nation of cowards....
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  • Me at 30, she at 30

    Today, I reach a major life milestone: a Big Birthday, one that ends in “0.” But not mine. My daughter’s. And that makes it ever so much bigger. My baby is turning 30! My youngest! How can this be! Cognitive dissonance rattles my brain. I’m...
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  • I’m not un-American, my government is.

    I’ve never been anti-American, though I’ve certainly been accused of it. Our beautiful and diverse country has accomplished exceptional things, plays residence to remarkable landscapes, and contributes (yet is not sole contributor) to a parcel of the globe’s most beautiful language in defense of human...
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  • Run Towards US

    This will be wholly unpopular, but, you know… so were rubber thongs for a while and now everyone wears them to the beach. Flip flop thongs, not panty thongs. I don’t think Oprah should run for President. Before you go all fuck you on me,...
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  • French Borderlands – Reflections on community and food

    An obscure area of France bordering Italy, about 50 miles north of Nice, has been in the news because refugees arriving in Italy, wanting to get to France and beyond, have taken to a difficult inland route — north, then crossing over the mountains south...
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  • Skin art

    Whenever I’m asked if I would be interested in receiving a tattoo, my stock, truthful response is, “I can’t even commit to a couch.” However, I appreciate the art, history, and stories behind them. Enter Mr. G and Madame Chinchilla, proprietors of the Triangle Tattoo...
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