Monthly Archives: August 2006

labor in the glare

After a couple of cloudy days, and a generous amount of rain, the bright sunshine this afternoon was a welcome treat. I was sitting on the bleachers in the sun, watching the kids play ball, and reveling in the tease … Continue reading

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between ernesto and john

It’s Tuesday evening, August 29th and I just read a CNN Breaking News bulletin that Hurricane Ernesto is no longer a threat to Florida coastal areas. Residents further west on the Gulf are still bracing themselves. Ernesto seems to be … Continue reading

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majority rules

A representative democracy is one in which the people elect leaders entrusted to govern on their behalf. In theory this is the form of government we have in our state and nation. But our trust in the leadership of our … Continue reading

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transitions

Yesterday was orientation at my house, both kids visiting their new schools, finding their lockers, practicing their schedules. Monday morning classes begin. Ready or not, school is starting. And as is true in most families, I have one child who … Continue reading

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feeding the fantasy

Perhaps I need to confess upfront that bread and cheese are two of my favorite foods so a trip to Chicago can mean only one thing: pizza. Although no one else in my immediate family is terribly fond of this … Continue reading

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$100 laptops

The brain kids at MIT are launching their new “$100 laptops” for children in some of the worlds poorest regions. These brilliant little gizmo’s run on (free) Linux systems and are powered by hand or foot pumps. (Anybody remember the … Continue reading

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News of the day

The news of the day: “Lebanese troops deploy as part of the cease-fire” and “Suspect confesses to Jon Benet Ramsey’s killing”. World peace must be just around the corner. But I must confess that troop deployment as a signal for … Continue reading

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god bless the child

The days are getting shorter and there is the briefest hint of a chill in the night air. The back to school sales are winding down and the tension in my house is on the rise. In just two short … Continue reading

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in lieu of world peace

The news is bleak again this morning. A typhoon is reeling toward China reminding us of the increasingly disasterous effects of global warming. The UK uncovered a plot to blow up transatlantic passenger planes reminding us that in war there … Continue reading

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penal code section 111

The Guardian Unlimited reports a flood of new asylum seekers from war torn Iraq. Gay men. Turns out that homosexuality is an affront to Islam and Section 111 of the penal code protects those who defend Islam against such assault. … Continue reading

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