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  • Joker — a review

    Amidst a sea of conflicting opinions, let me be the one to review the film, "Joker" for iPinion Syndicate.  I’ve seen it twice within days of each other and it sits deep in my psyche. As a writer, I strive for no unnecessary scenes, no conversation which doesn’t move the story forward. Even in articles, I rely on my editor to pare down the extraneous but I am afforded pages for exposition.  Film is different.  Time is tight in the film world and isn’t afforded the luxury I have to create a believable story.
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  • Slugfest in the midwest

    The gloves were off at the fourth Democratic Debate held in Westerville, Ohio. CNN's split screen added to the contention as lips pursed and eyes rolled with the one-on-one rebuttals. Somebody was mouth breathing into the mic, which gave it all a seething undertone.
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  • American Life

    sitting on stolen land, paying rent to a white man, eating food grown on another continent flown here on a plane fueled by the blood of the earth that gives us life, only to throw the plastic wrapper from your foreign fruit on to the...
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  • Two Goldens and a girl 

    One evening last autumn, with temperatures falling and darkness settling on the landscape, we loaded Elvis and Dolly into our SUV for a drive to the hospital. With the wind whistling smartly through the trees, the red, brown, and yellow leaves were swirling around our...
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  • He threw the last punch too hard

    I am a fine arts/documentary photographer. My current project, “He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard,” began 10 years ago when I started to photograph my mother, as I was attempting to heal our relationship. I was 9 years old when my mother left my...
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  • Leaving America Behind

    Night fog swirled as I stood at the top of the ramp in my Pan Am uniform, sporting my jaunty blue hat and ready to greet our passengers. I watched as a familiar scene unfolded below me. I looked down as a four-year-old girl reached...
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  • The Green Movement is elitist and that’s gotta change

    The time has come to move beyond eco-elitism to eco-populism. Ecopopulism … To change our laws and culture, the green movement justice, political solutions and social change. Van Jones, in The Nation, Volume 287, p. 54 I get in trouble for saying this, of course....
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  • Navigating the landscape of our dreams

    That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it…. We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and...
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  • The lure of the ordinary and the death of the planet

    We are living on the brink of the apocalypse, but the world is asleep. Joel C. Rosenberg If there’s anything we humans excel at, it’s lying to ourselves. We use the evidence of our eyes to convince ourselves that all that bad news can’t really...
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