Trumpsters in the Mist

Trumpsters in the Mist

I was now inside the belly of the beast. People were filing into the oversized gymnasium where Trump would soon speak, and I followed. Make America Great Again signs and Trump/Pence 2016 signs were offered, but I didn’t take them. I know what happened to Persephone when she took an offered gift in hell. Continue reading

My statement on the Listening Ear

My statement on the Listening Ear

The Ear has made a grave error, and make no mistake, and the organization’s reputation and its future are in jeopardy. This is not the time to circle wagons. This is not the time to double down on a policy that has enraged people throughout the community. Your Facebook posts are making it worse by trying to garner sympathy for a registered sex offender instead of owning up to the massive breach of trust. This is the time to do what your name says: Listen to the concerns being raised and respond with urgency, taking immediate steps to rebuild the trust you lost. Continue reading

The Longest Day, Three Years On

Losing my job was a momentous turning point in my life. It taught me how to fail, and how to rise. It taught me how keep hope when despair would be so much easier. It taught me how to come together with the one I love, rather than falling apart. It taught me what it means to be afraid, to know what it’s like to wonder if there will still be food at the end of the month, to wonder whether you can afford heat in the winter, to not be able to see a doctor when you need one, to be scorned by those luckier than you because you are struggling. Continue reading

Django Unwatched

Django Unwatched

For the second time in my life, I paid to watch a movie in a theater and didn’t stick around to see it end. The first time, some 18 years ago, it was Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” that sent me for the doors ahead of schedule. Tonight, it was Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” I’m sorry, Quent, but I don’t think it’s going to work out between you and me. Continue reading

Open Letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Open Letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

At least have the courage to hear what your own citizens are saying. Hear them out, because that’s what a leader of a democracy does. And if you won’t even do that, then let’s drop this pretense of being a democracy. You can change your title from governor to autocrat, and at least that would be honest. Continue reading