Have you ever read an essay at just the right time? This morning I read “The Practice of Saying No” in An Alter in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor, which was recommended to me by a woman we met in St. Maarten this past March. Here are some excerpts: Continue reading
The working class is supposed to be the revolutionary agent of history, mobilizing for progressive change, yet according to studies like What’s the Matter with Kansas, the white working class (WWC) now votes Republican against its own economic interests. However, not everyone agrees with that assessment. Let’s take a look at some data. Continue reading
It is no exaggeration to say that getting money out of politics is one of the most pressing issues of our time. If we can’t solve that problem, our entire way of life as a self-governing republic is doomed. Big Money takes sovereignty away from citizens, which is just another way to say it destroys democracy. Continue reading
Mikki and I meet people all the time who say they want to get more involved politically, but they don’t know what’s happening — and there is a lot to know about! We have a thriving progressive community in Eastern Sussex and in Delaware generally.
Consequently, we decided to create a progressive community calendar:
To have an event added to the calendar, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Prudhomme died yesterday at age 75. The chef who popularized Cajun cuisine had a huge impact on my life. When I was in grad school at Rutgers, my partner and I and our best friends shared many home-cooked meals together in Highland Park and Lambertville, New Jersey. Although I grew up cooking, like my mom, it was not until graduate school that I really got into it. Continue reading
This morning, I finally got a chance to read the New York Times Book Review, and the front page featured reviews of two books about the negative impact of smart phones and social media on our (and our children’s) ability to have actual face-to-face conversations and community. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age sounded particularly interesting.
The review struck a chord with me because of the great experience we had the other night hosting the first of a series of ADA house parties in Eastern Sussex, designed to build progressive community and increase civic capacity. Continue reading