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How to Think about “Implicit Bias”

One of the most common concerns I have when seeing people talk about all they “know” around topics that tend to divide us is the lack of understanding around implicit bias.  We all have it.  We can’t avoid it.  And yet we try.  Because, as the article below points out,…

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545 vs. 300,000,000 People By Charlie Reese

This article was Charley Reese’s (1937-2013) final column for the Orlando Sentinel.  He’d been a journalist (with more conservative views) for 49 years.  This article is one of the most well-written summaries of at least one piece of the puzzle as to why we struggle in America.  I appreciate his…


The Complacency Series

This was first shared on my personal Facebook feed.  I believe complacency is one of the biggest threats to the well-being of us as individuals, this country and our world. In addition to improving our critical thinking and our ability to have difficult conversations around topics we may not agree…

Working together

We don’t want billionaires’ charity. We want them to pay their taxes.

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on the division of wealth and the gross difference occurring within our country, in particular.  I watched a video this morning where Elizabeth Warren was sharing her plan for a 2 cent tax on wealth.  I don’t really know how I feel about her…

Protesting in the Street

Why Aren’t People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?

This article was first published on Common Dreams. Without a mass movement continually pushing and prodding for real change and holding politicians accountable—for their policies as well as their words—our neoliberal rulers assume that they can safely ignore the concerns and interests of ordinary people. The waves of protests breaking…

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The Dangers of American Complacency

Americans are becoming more complacent. People socialize with similar folks on Facebook and get food delivered through Uber while sitting at home streaming Netflix. Folks medicate themselves more, keep to themselves and move less often. This isn’t the same restless America whose grit helped transform a British colony into a…

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News Literacy: The 7 News Habits You Need to Develop

We’re a generation drowning in news. Everybody reports, rehashes, comments, shares, recommends, likes, aggregates and spins it. Articles written by artificial intelligence, content farms, satirical sites, fake news sites, PR campaigns, or for native advertising compete for our attention and blur the distinctions between news and, well, everything else. Yet…

Clenched Fist of Fire

Outrageous Times

Outrage …well you aughta be outraged You oughtta be outrageously outraged. For outrage is the fierce wild unequivocal love That burns in a wolf-mother’s eyes. It is the feral opposite of shame Devouring deception in its crackling flames. It is the stone that sharpens swords to pierce illusion, it’s the…

Speak Up

Politics vs. Governance

“It’s just politics.” No one ever says, “it’s just governance.” Politics is organized sparring about power, without much regard for efficacy or right or wrong. Governance is the serious business of taking responsibility for leadership. Over the last twenty years, the mass media has shifted, from “here’s the news,” to,…

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Critical Thinking in Everyday Life: 9 Strategies

This article was first posted here. Most of us are not what we could be. We are less. We have great capacity. But most of it is dormant; most is undeveloped. Improvement in thinking is like improvement in basketball, in ballet, or in playing the saxophone. It is unlikely to…

Two Women Searching the Internet

How to Discern Bias and Credibility of a Website

Years ago I attended a workshop with a Yogi who shared a tale illustrating how there are always at least three sides to every story. Yours, mine and the truth – which is usually somewhere in the middle. Everyone who reads or hears something has the bias of the messenger…

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A Class Divided

Jane Elliott is an American former third-grade schoolteacher, anti-racism activist, and educator who is known for her “Blue eyes/Brown eyes” exercise. She first conducted her now-famous exercise for her students on April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. 50+ years, her exercise is still (unfortunately)…