When water is cut off: from Cochabamba to Detroit, by way of my bathroom

We all need water, but we are not all in control of our water supply. [Read more…]

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A San Francisco Girl Contemplates New York

New York is an amazing place. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I’ll freely admit that I have something of a prejudice against anything on the East Coast of the US. In my mind I imagine that everyone and everything on the East Coast is a caricature of the [Read More…]

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Some things I learned from blackberries

It’s tough, hardy, even invasive; blackberry left unchecked tends to take over an area and make it its own. Here are a few things I’ve learned from a lifetime among blackberry brambles. [Read more…]

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Finding Home

Glasgow and Seattle both whisper in my ear and tell me that they could be home. Both places promise me that I can be a part of good things. Both places tell me that I can be a part of wonderful, overlapping communities of people building a future that I want to live in. [Read more…]

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Can a human being be the spirit of a place?

I started out thinking of Marie Laveau as a kind of local spirit of New Orleans, and wound up learning a lot about Conyers. [Read more…]

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When People Don’t Want You In This Place

I am angry that elected officials and appointed civil servants in an Arkansas town feel that they have the right to block the presence of any religious group. And I am saddened that, even all these years after the civil rights movement, we the American people have still not grasped the full notion of what civil rights mean. [Read more…]

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The Queen of Fair Elfland

Now, I think I could make a good case that New Orleans and Faerie are not that different in some respects. They are both beautiful and a bit, well, sketchy; full of glamorie, charming and occasionally unseelie inhabitants, and very good musicians. They both exist on their own terms, with an independent sense of the passage of time and a peculiar etiquette. Really the biggest difference is that if you go to New Orleans, you definitely want to eat the food. [Read more…]

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