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Inspire me

Inspire me

March 25, 2018

Imagine all of the exchanges that are taking place at any given moment around the globe as countless thoughts are shared both in-person and online.  How many do you estimate are truly meaningful to the people having them?  I know, what constitutes “meaningful” is totally subjective.  Also, the emotional or social gravity will vary depending […]

Intuition or reason?

Intuition or reason?

March 18, 2018

A colleague and I enrolled in a continuing education class at Rice University called Democracy and Disagreement this semester as an extension of our work with the Center for Civic Engagement.  Part of what attracted me to it is Dr. Elizabeth Barre’s interdisciplinary approach, which encompasses other important fields such as psychology and biology.  One […]

Dissent: Political punk from the Badlands

Dissent: Political punk from the Badlands

February 6, 2018

Even in the punk scene, thoughtful idealism can be really hard to come by.  The day I found Dissent’s self-titled LP (1988) at Toad Hall in Rockford, Illinois, I discovered a great record that originated in one of the most unexpected of places.  Without question, I connect with the band’s leftist political consciousness and I […]