Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Politics of Stability, Bread and Butter

Have you watched the competing  protests for and against Putin in Moscow and St. Petersburg? In May of 2011, John Freedman writing in The Moscow Times lamented “The Decline of Respectful Dissent.” Hum.m.m. I am left wondering just when dissent has ever … Continue reading

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Fat Tuesday

A wall of moisture-laden clouds climbs up the western slope of the Sangres. The clouds climb higher and higher. Like surfing waves, the clouds curl as they crest, and in my mind’s eye, I can see a blond god in a black wet suit riding the wave. … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has never worked for me. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t embrace it either. My ambivalence goes back to grade school. Back in the less structured days of elementary education (before accountability, weekly assessments and league tables), … Continue reading

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Coming to Our Senses

One of my most memorable university experiences was to assume a handicap for one week. The class was the Psychology of the Handicapped. Some  students chose to be wheelchair bound; others were dependent on crutches. I chose to have a severe speech … Continue reading

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David Hockney at the Royal Academy

It has been bitter cold in London – lingering just above and below zero Centigrade for days now. As a Colorado-proud girl where minus 24 Farenheit is “cold,” I shouldn’t mind this weather, but I did not bring warm enough … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Globalization

I guess I’ll start with a photo that I took yesterday. I was on the bus – had just turned off Wigmore and was headed to Oxford, when passing the side of a major department store, I saw a homeless man … Continue reading

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