Two Factions Two Problems

Two Factions Two Problems

“Everyone sees the world through his own green bottle.” –Stefan Novak The obvious struck me recently, when I was feeling worn down from the tension in our nation, tension that trickles down into friendships and familial relationships so effectively that our now right...
Z. U.

Z. U.

The shepherd will tend his sheep. The valley will bloom again. And Jimmy will go to sleep In his own little room again. There’ll be—   We should have seen it coming. We really should have. Perhaps some of us did, saw the darkening skies of disease, the scudding...
Manifestos #3

Manifestos #3

I am writing to you from the back of an ambulance going down highway 80. My work is done. Now I can only sit here and be a witness. I am with a young (stress that part) man who feels that this life is not worth living. He is asleep, and he looks like an angel. He...
Crowded by Crowd Funding

Crowded by Crowd Funding

GoFundMe. YouCaring. Kickstarter. In my daily sojourn through social media, I am bound to see links to at least one of these sites. Over the years I’ve donated to budding restaurants, film projects, cancer patients, and even to a friend who knits premiums to entice...
A Long Way from Anarchy

A Long Way from Anarchy

Utah Phillips described anarchy the way I see it: anarchy is not needing a cop to tell you what to do. One of my exes used to tell me to “be nice” when I stood up for myself or for someone else. It took me awhile to realize that “nice” meant...