Tag: Trump

  • Dear Mr. President

    Dear Mr. President

    Dear Mr. President: As a Gold Star daughter (Stf. Sgt. David P. Spears, Panel 9E, Line 71), I hold very dear all that this country has granted me in the way of freedoms. As someone who has taught First Amendment Rights at Central Washington University,[..]
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  • Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me!

    Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me!

      In November of 2016, I turned 60. To celebrate my 60th birthday, I went on a silent retreat at Mt. Angel Abbey, outside of Portland. I had never been on a silent retreat before, but it was something I had longed to do since[..]
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  • The Power of Women Who Vote

    The Power of Women Who Vote

      I took the dog for a walk. It was colder than I expected, a bitter wind was blowing. I was dressed for the cold but not for the wind. Instead of going for our usual four miles, I cut it down to two miles.[..]
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  • In Pursuit of a Welcoming Place

    In Pursuit of a Welcoming Place

    She was pushing a broom, picking up litter left by inconsiderate customers. I'm sorry if I'm in your way, she said. Not at all, I replied, scooting my chair to make room for her. I read her name tag and thought it said Stacey, so[..]
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  • The Electorate

    The Electorate

    Our biggest challenge is electing politicians worthy of the country they represent. Politicians who stop tearing the country down every time they lose. That was the admonition I heard from a news show host this morning. The host went on to say that this country[..]
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  • The Pilgrimage to Narnia

    The Pilgrimage to Narnia

    In order to tour the C.S. Lewis home, The Kilns, one must email in advance and arrange a tour. The home is not open to the public otherwise. I didn't know that, of course, until just a couple of weeks ago. I don't even know[..]
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  • Dispatch #3: Glasgow

    Dispatch #3: Glasgow

    We took the train into Glasgow last night shortly after finishing our classes for the day. All of our classes are held on Zoom, thank you, Covid. When they run back-to-back, it makes for a very tiring day. It didn't help matters that yesterday was[..]
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  • The Problem with Faith

    The Problem with Faith

    We had not spoken in four years, not since Trump got elected. She, in fact, told me she took my phone number off her phone after three decades of friendship. We had been the closest of friends. We'd raised kids together, traveled together, shopped together,[..]
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  • Don’t Worry, the Mormons will Save Us

    Don’t Worry, the Mormons will Save Us

    We are on our way across country. We made it all the way from Oregon to Utah before nightfall, despite getting a rather late start, the result of too much wine and wonderful food the night before with our neighbors Bert & Jeff. Bert's niece[..]
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